Police arrest 17 for suspected DUI


Police arrested 17 drivers for suspected drunken driving between Jan. 21 and today; three were involved in traffic accidents and five were younger than 21.

Police have made 85 suspected DUI arrests in 2013 compared with 91 during the same period in 2012, according to the Hawaii Police Department.

South Hilo officers arrested six motorists, Kona officers arrested five and Puna officers arrested four. South Kohala and North Hilo officers arrested one in their districts, according to police.

There were 82 major accidents this year compared with 99 during the same period in 2012. To date, there have been seven traffic fatalities on the Big Island compared with none at this time in 2012.