DUI statistics 12-27-04

HAWAII COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT
TRAFFIC SERVICES SECTION
SERGEANT DEXTER VERIATO
PHONE: 961-2305
DECEMBER 27, 2004

MEDIA RELEASE

During the week of December 20-26, 2004, Big Island police arrested 28 motorists for drunk driving. Four of the drivers were involved in traffic crashes and three were under the age of 21.

So far this year, there have been 1,069 DUI arrests, compared to 1,046 during the same period last year, an increase of 2 percent. The numbers of arrests by district were:

DUI Arrests by District
District Weekly Total Year to Date
Hamakua 2 14
North Hilo 0 6
South Hilo 3 283
Puna 6 162
Ka’u 0 13
Kona 11 502
South Kohala 5 66
North Kohala 1 23
Island Total 28 1,069

There have been 2,451 major accidents so far this year, compared to 2,322 during the same period last year, an increase of 6 percent.

There have been 39 traffic fatalities on the Big Island so far this year, compared to 34 for the same period last year, an increase of 15 percent. There have been eight fatalities attributed to drunk driving so far this year, compared to 11 at this time last year, a decrease of 27 percent. There have been 13 drug-related fatalities so far this year, compared to 13 fatalities at the same time last year.

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

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