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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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    Wayne,

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

    http://DUIMap.org/Hawaii
    shows the concentration of DUI fatalities within 1 mile of each other. This map tends to highlight “DUI danger zones”

    http://riskyroads.org/Hawaii
    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.