Hawaiʻi Police Department
Traffic Services Section
Torey D. Keltner
Program Manager
Phone: (808) 961-2305

Media Release

During the week of May 6, 2019, through May 12, 2019, Hawai`i Island police arrested twenty-seven, (27) motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Six of the drivers were involved in a traffic accident. Two of the drivers were under the age of 21.  

So far this year, there have been 421 DUI arrests compared with 430 during the same period last year, a decrease of 2.1 percent. The numbers of arrests by district were:

DUI Arrests by District
District Weekly Total  Year to Date
Hāmākua 0 4
North Hilo 0 3
South Hilo 11 107
Puna 2 76
Kaʻū 1 7
Kona 11 182
South Kohala 2 40
North Kohala 0 2
Island Total 27 421

There have been 342 major accidents so far this year compared with 485 during the same period last year, a decrease of 29.5 percent. 

To date, there were 7 fatal crashes, resulting in 7 fatalities, compared with 8 fatal crashes, resulting in 9 fatalities, (one of which had multiple deaths) for the same time last year. This represents a decrease of 12.5 percent for fatal crashes, and 22.2 percent for fatalities.

DUI roadblocks and patrols will continue islandwide.