DUI arrests end year 4 percent higher

During the week of Dec. 25-31, Hawaii Island police arrested 25 motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Three of the drivers were involved in a traffic accident. Three of the drivers were under the age of 21.

So far this year, there have been 1,160 DUI arrests compared with 1,111 during the same period last year, an increase of 4.4 percent.

There have been 1,362 major accidents so far this year compared with 1,443 during the same period last year, a decrease of 5.6 percent.

To date, there were 30 fatal crashes (one of which had multiple deaths), resulting in 32 fatalities, compared with 27 fatal crashes (five of which had multiple deaths), resulting in 32 fatalities for the same time last year. This represents an increase 11.1 percent for fatal crashes.

DUI roadblocks and patrols will continue islandwide.

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