Police arrest 18 for suspected DUI


Police arrested 18 drivers for suspected drunken driving between Dec. 24 and Monday; three were involved in traffic accidents.

Police made 1,477 suspected DUI arrests in 2012 compared with 1,435 during the same period in 2011, according to the Hawaii Police Department.

South Hilo officers and Kona officers arrested seven motorists in each district, according to police. South Kohala officers arrested three motorists and Puna officers one.

There have been 1,455 major accidents this year compared with 1,409 during the same period last year.

In 2012, there were 38 traffic fatalities on Big Island public roadways, compared with 22 fatalities during the same period in 2011, according to police. Police say 12 of those fatalities were related to drugs, four to alcohol and 12 to a combination of alcohol and drugs.