DUI statistics 07-26-04

HAWAII COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT
TRAFFIC SERVICES SECTION
SERGEANT RANDY K. APELE
PHONE: 961-2305
JULY 26, 2004

MEDIA RELEASE

During the week of July 19-25, 2004, Big Island police arrested 20 motorists for drunk driving. Two of the drivers were involved in a traffic crashes and seven were under the age of 21.

So far this year, there have been 594 DUI arrests, compared to 546 during the same period last year, an increase of 9 percent. The numbers of arrests by district were:

DUI Arrests by District
District Weekly Total Year to Date
Hamakua 0 10
North Hilo 0 5
South Hilo 5 166
Puna 1 75
Ka’u 1 11
Kona 9 275
South Kohala 4 41
North Kohala 0 11
Island Total 20 594

There have been 1,371 major accidents so far this year, compared to 1,276 during the same period last year, an increase of 7 percent.

There have been 25 traffic fatalities on the Big Island so far this year, compared to 15 for the same period last year, an increase of 67 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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