Police arrest 36 for suspected DUI


Police arrested 36 drivers for suspected drunken driving between Oct. 22 and Sunday; six were involved in traffic accidents and three were younger than 21.

Police have made 1,206 suspected DUI arrests this year compared with 1,225 during the same period in 2011, according to the Hawaii Police Department.

Kona officers arrested 16 motorists and South Hilo officers 12, according to police. Puna officers arrested three motorists and Ka’u officers two. Hamakua, South Kohala and North Kohala police arrested one motorist in each district.

There have been 1,203 major accidents this year compared with 1,149 during the same period last year.

To date, there have been 35 traffic fatalities on Big Island public roadways, compared with 18 fatalities during the same period in 2011, according to police. Police say nine of those fatalities were related to drugs, four to alcohol and 10 to a combination of alcohol and drugs.