DUI statistics 08-25-03

HAWAII COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT
TRAFFIC SERVICES SECTION
SERGEANT RANDY APELE
PHONE: 961-2305
AUGUST 25, 2003

MEDIA RELEASE

During the week of August 18-24, 2003, Big Island police arrested 21 motorists for drunk driving. Six of the drivers were involved in traffic collisions, and three were under the age of 21.

So far this year, there have been 642 DUI arrests, compared to 549 during the same period last year, an increase of 15 percent.

There have been 1,506 major accidents so far this year, compared to 1,396 during the same period last year, an increase of 8 percent.

There have been 20 fatalities so far this year, compared to 18 for the same period last year, an increase of 11 percent. There have been two fatalities attributed to drunk driving so far this year, compared to five DUI-related fatalities at this time last year, a decrease of 60 percent.

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

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