HAWAII COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT
TRAFFIC SERVICES SECTION
LIEUTENANT ERNEST E. CORREIA
JULY 19, 1999
During the week of July 12-18, 1999, Big Island police arrested 20 motorists for drunk driving. Three of the drivers were arrested for DUI after being involved in traffic accidents.
So far this year, there have been 701 DUI arrests, a 34 percent increase over the 522 arrested during the same period last year.
There were 40 major accidents during the week. They bring the total number of major accidents so far this year to 1,170, compared to 1,246 during the same period last year, a decrease of 6 percent.
There have been 16 traffic fatalities on the Big Island so far this year, compared to 20 fatalities during the same period last year, a decrease of 20 percent.
Four of the fatalities have been alcohol-related, compared to 10 at the same time last year, a decrease of 60 percent. One of the alcohol-related fatalities was also drug-related.
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