DUI statistics 07-08-04

HAWAII COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT
TRAFFIC SERVICES SECTION
SERGEANT RANDY K. APELE
PHONE: 961-2305
JULY 8, 2004

MEDIA RELEASE

During the week of June 28-July 4, 2004, Big Island police arrested 22 motorists for drunk driving. One of the drivers was involved in a traffic crash, and four were under the age of 21.

So far this year, there have been 539 DUI arrests, compared to 472 during the same period last year, an increase of 14 percent. The numbers of arrests by district were:

DUI Arrests by District
District Weekly Total Year to Date
Hamakua 1 10
North Hilo 0 5
South Hilo 7 147
Puna 3 70
Ka’u 0 9
Kona 8 253
South Kohala 3 35
North Kohala 0 10
Island Total 22 539

There have been 1,236 major accidents so far this year, compared to 1,149 during the same period last year, an increase of 8 percent.

There have been 23 traffic fatalities on the Big Island so far this year, compared to 15 for the same period last year, an increase of 53 percent. There have been seven fatalities attributed to drunk driving so far this year, compared to five at this time last year, an increase of 40 percent. There have been six drug-related fatalities so far this year, compared to two fatalities at the same time last year, an increase of 200 percent.

DUI roadblocks and patrols will be continued on an islandwide basis.

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