Total of 1,075 drivers arrested for DUI last year 01-05-04

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HAWAII COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT
TRAFFIC SERVICES SECTION
SERGEANT RANDY APELE
PHONE: 961-2305
JANUARY 5, 2004

MEDIA RELEASE

During 2003, Big Island police arrested a total of 1,075 motorists for drunk driving, a 23 percent increase over the 873 arrested the previous year.

One hundred eighty-eight of the drivers arrested for DUI in 2003 were involved in traffic collisions, and 161 were under the age of 21.

The numbers arrested by district were:

District

Year Totals

Hamakua

14

North Hilo

6

South Hilo

276

Puna

175

Ka’u

33

Kona

424

South Kohala

120

North Kohala

27

Island Total

1,075

There were 2,363 major accidents during the year, compared to 2,260 during the previous year, an increase of 5 percent.

There were 35 fatalities during the year, compared to 28 for the previous year, an increase of 25 percent. There were six fatalities attributed to drunk driving in 2003, compared to 11 in 2002, a decrease of 45 percent. There were also two drug-related fatalities during the year, compared to none the previous year.

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