HAWAII COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT
TRAFFIC SERVICES SECTION
SERGEANT RANDY APELE
SEPTEMBER 8, 2003
During the week of September 1-7, 2003, Big Island police arrested 24 motorists for drunk driving. Five of the drivers were involved in traffic collisions, and one was under the age of 21.
So far this year, there have been 681 DUI arrests, compared to 585 during the same period last year, an increase of 16 percent.
There have been 1,621 major accidents so far this year, compared to 1,508 during the same period last year, an increase of 7 percent.
There have been 21 fatalities so far this year, compared to 18 for the same period last year, an increase of 17 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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