Police arrest 27 for suspect DUI

Police arrested 27 drivers for suspected drunken driving between March 12 and Sunday; six were involved in traffic accidents and three were younger than 21.

Police arrested 27 drivers for suspected drunken driving between March 12 and Sunday; six were involved in traffic accidents and three were younger than 21.

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Police have made 308 suspected DUI arrests this year compared with 296 during the same period in 2011, according to the Hawaii Police Department.

Kona officers arrested 15 motorists. South Kohala, South Hilo and Puna officers arrested four in each district.

There have been 323 major accidents this year compared with 300 during the same period last year.

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To date, there have been seven traffic fatalities on Big Island public roadways, compared with six fatalities during the same period in 2011, according to police.

By local sources