Police arrest 29 for suspected DUI


Hawaii Island police arrested 29 drivers for suspected driving under the influence of an intoxicant Feb. 24 and Sunday; eight were involved in traffic accidents; two were younger than 21.

Police have made 224 suspected DUI arrests this year compared with 205 during the same period in 2013, according to the Hawaii County Police Department.

Kona officers arrested 14 motorists, South Hilo officers arrested eight and South Kohala officers arrested four, according to police. Puna officers arrested two motorists and North Hilo officers arrested one.

There have been 276 major accidents this year compared with 235 during the same period in 2013.

To date, there have been three traffic fatalities on Big Island public roadways compared with nine at this time in 2013. To date just one of the fatalities has been attributed to a combination of drugs and alcohol.