Police accuse 12 of drunken driving


During the week of July 7-13, Big Island police arrested 12 motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. One of the drivers was involved in a traffic crash.

The numbers of arrests by district were: Kona, 6; South Hilo, 3; South Kohala, 2; Puna, 1.

So far this year, there have been 649 DUI arrests compared to 657 during the same period last year, a decrease of 1.2 percent.

There have been 827 major accidents so far this year compared to 741 during the same period last year, an increase of 11.6 percent.

So far this year, there have been seven official traffic fatalities compared to 19 during the same period last year, a decrease of 63.2 percent.

To date, five of those fatalities have been linked to impaired driving — three to drugs and two to a combination of drugs and alcohol.

 

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