29 arrested for suspected DUI

Hawaii Island police arrested 29 drivers for suspected drunken driving between Dec. 23 and Sunday; seven were involved in traffic accidents; three were younger than 21.

Police have made 1,343 suspected DUI arrests this year compared with 1,471 during the same period in 2012, according to the Hawaii County Police Department.

Kona officers arrested 13 motorists while South Hilo officers arrested 10, according to police. Puna officers arrested four motorists and Ka‘u and North Hilo officers arrested one driver in each district.

There have been 1,311 major accidents this year compared with 1,458 during the same period in 2012. To date, there have been 25 traffic fatalities on Big Island public roadways compared with 38 at this time in 2012. To date, five of the fatalities have been related to drugs; two to alcohol and six to a combination of alcohol and drugs, according to police.