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Hawaii Island's traffic deaths down since 2012 law enacted

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HILO, Hawaii (AP) - Hawaii Island has seen a decrease in traffic fatalities since the implementation of a county ordinance that permits the towing of vehicles driven by those driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports that there were 38 traffic deaths on the island in 2012, when Aliyah's Law took effect. That figure fell to 25 in 2013 and 11 in 2014. There were 19 fatalities last year and 10 have been counted so far this year.

The law targets the vehicles of DUI drivers as well as motorists without a driver's license and with fraudulent license plates. In all, police have ordered 2,168 vehicles towed since 2012.

The law is named after 17-month-old Aliyah Braden, who was struck and killed by a drunken driver in 2009.

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