Big Island police release stats for DUI arrests, traffic fatalities

BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - Big Island police arrested 23 motorists for drunk driving during the week of July 11 and July 17.

According to officials, two of the drivers were involved in a traffic crash. Four of the motorists were under the age of 21.

So far on the Big Island, 779 DUI arrests have been made in 2011, compared to 834 during the same period last year -- a decrease of 6.6 percent.

Major accidents are down by 2.3 percent. So far this year, 724 major accidents have been reported, compared to 741 during the same period last year.

Traffic fatalities are down by 33.3 percent. So far, 12 traffic fatalities were reported this year compared to 18 during the same period in 2010.

Officials say six of the fatalities for 2011 were drug related. One fatality was related to alcohol, while three were due to a combination of both.

According to police, DUI roadblocks and patrols will continue island wide.

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