22 arrested for suspected drunken driving last week

Hawaii Island police arrested 22 motorists for suspected drunken driving between Feb. 10 and Sunday. Two of the drivers were involved in a traffic crash and one was younger than age 21.

Officers in Kona and South Hilo arrested nine drivers in each district while Puna officers nabbed four, according to data released Wednesday by the Hawaii Police Department.

So far this year, there have been 147 DUI arrests compared with 144 during the same period last year, according to police. There have been 131 major accidents so far this year compared with 119 during the same period last year.

Four fatalities have been recorded on Hawaii Island’s public roadways through Wednesday afternoon, police said. By this time in 2019, two people had perished.

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