Police arrest 18 for suspected DUI

KAILUA-KONA — Hawaii Island police arrested 18 motorists for suspected drunken driving between Sept. 30 and Sunday. One of the drivers was involved in a traffic crash.

Kona officers made the majority of those arrests, taking in 11 drivers for DUI, according to the Hawaii Police Department. Puna officers arrested four drivers, South Hilo officers three and Ka‘u officers one.

So far this year, there have been 856 DUI arrests compared with 868 during the same period last year, according to police. There have been 735 major accidents so far this year compared with 941 during the same period last year.

Fifteen fatalities had been recorded on Hawaii Island’s public roadways through Tuesday afternoon, police said. By this time in 2018, 25 people had perished.