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Drunk Drivers Caused 40% of Traffic Fatalities In Hawaii In 2006

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Alcohol Alert, a company that sells prevention devices to reduce drunk driving, and drunk driving injury and death report on Hawaii Drunk Driving Statistics:

In Hawaii, the alcohol related deaths have declined by over 50% since 1982, from a high that same year of 103, to a low of 44 in 1999. Recent years, however, have shown a moderate increase. The percentage of drunk driving deaths of the total traffic fatalities has shown a steady decline from a high in 1983 of 67%. In 2006, out of all traffic fatalities, 40% involved a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 or higher.

All 50 states in the US now apply two statutory offenses to operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. The first (and original) offense is known either as driving under the influence (DUI), driving while intoxicated/impaired (DWI), or operating while intoxicated/impaired (OWI). This is based upon a police officer’s observations (driving behavior, slurred speech, the results of a roadside sobriety test, etc.)

The second offense is called "illegal per se", which is driving with a BAC of 0.08% or higher. Since 2002 it has been illegal in all 50 states to drive with a BAC that is 0.08% or higher.

In Hawaii, 1st , 2nd and 3rd offenses are petty misdemeanors, 4th or subsequent offense is a class C felony. Citation:Hawaii Revised Statutes (HRS) §§ 291E-61, 701-107(5) & 706-660.

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  1. Anonymous says:
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    Check out these two sites that show the concentrations of motor vehicle fatalities in Hawaii.

    shows the concentration of DUI fatalities within 1 mile of each other. This map tends to highlight “DUI danger zones”

    shows the concentration of all traffic accidents (including DUI’s) within 1000 feet of each other. This map highlights specific intersections and locations where deadly traffic accidents occur.