Police arrest 30 for suspected DUI


Police arrested 30 drivers for suspected drunken driving between Nov. 19 and Sunday; three were involved in traffic accidents and three were younger than 21.

Police have made 1,335 suspected DUI arrests this year compared with 1,319 during the same period in 2011, according to the Hawaii Police Department.

South Hilo officers arrested 14 motorists while Kona officers arrested 11, according to police. North Kohala and Puna police arrested two motorists in each district while Hamakua police arrested one.

There have been 1,316 major accidents this year compared with 1,244 during the same period last year.

To date, there have been 36 traffic fatalities on Big Island public roadways, compared with 19 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.