Police arrest 17 for DUI

During the week of May 10-16, Hawaii Island police arrested 17 motorists for DUI. Three of the drivers were involved in traffic accidents. None were younger than 21.

The numbers of arrests by district were: Kona, nine; Puna and South Hilo, three each; and South Kohala, two.

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So far this year, there have been 477 DUI arrests compared to 327 during the same period last year, an increase of 45.9%.

There have been 295 major accidents so far this year compared to 306 during the same period last year, a decrease of 3.6%.

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To date, there have been 10 official traffic fatalities compared to eight for the same time period last year, an increase of 25%.

DUI roadblocks and patrols will continue islandwide, police said.

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