13 arrested for suspected DUI


Police arrested 13 drivers for suspected drunken driving between July 8 and Sunday; five were involved in traffic accidents and one was under age 21.

Police have made 659 suspected DUI arrests this year compared with 742 during the same period in 2011, according to the Hawaii Police Department.

Kona officers arrested five while Puna, South Kohala and South Hilo officers arrested two in each district. Ka’u officers arrested one and North Hilo officers arrested one.

There have been 728 major accidents this year compared with 793 during the same period last year.

To date, there have been 19 traffic fatalities on Big Island public roadways, compared with 18 fatalities during the same period in 2011, according to police. To date, one of those fatalities were related to drugs, one to alcohol and two were a combination of both.