Big Island sees more drunk driving, fatal crashes

Big Island sees more drunk driving, fatal crashes

BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - Big Island's roads have gotten more dangerous compared to last year, according to a report by the Hawaii county police.

As of May 29 of this year, there have been 461 arrests for driving under the influence, with Kona and Puna having the most DUI incidents, 172 and 132 arrests, respectively.

The same time last year, there were 414 DUI arrests, marking an increase of 11.4 percent for this year.

Police also say that there has been 625 major accidents so far this year, compared to 605 last year.

As for fatal crashes, there have been nine so far this year result in 10 fatalities. For the same period last year, there were 10 fatalities but seven fatal crashes, which represents a 28.6 percent increase for fatal crashes.

Consequently, the department said it will continue to patrol and sett up DUI roadblocks island wide.

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