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


Media Release

During the week of August 5, 2019, through August 11, 2019, Hawaiʻi Island Police arrested twenty-five (25) motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Seven of the drivers were involved in a traffic accident. One of the drivers was under the age of 21.   

So far this year, there have been 690 DUI arrests compared with 685 during the same period last year, an increase of 0.7 percent. The numbers of arrests by district were:


DUI Arrests by District
District Weekly Total   Year to Date
Hāmākua 0   5
North Hilo 0   3
South Hilo 3   193
Puna 3   120
Ka’u 1   13
Kona 16   293
South Kohala 2   59
North Kohala 0   4
Island Total 25   690

There have been 577 major accidents so far this year compared with 767 during the same period last year, a decrease of 24.8 percent. 

To date, there were 14 fatal crashes, resulting in 14 fatalities (one fatal crash that occurred on 05/05/2019, in the District of Kona which resulted in one fatality was reclassified to a medical condition on 07/02/2019), compared with 18 fatal crashes, resulting in 20 fatalities (two of which had multiple deaths) for the same time last year. This represents a decrease of 22.2 percent for fatal crashes, and 30 percent for fatalities.

DUI roadblocks and patrols will continue islandwide.