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Preliminary Information: Post - St. Patrick's Day Weekend Statistics
March 18, 2013

Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247
 
Sergeant Peter Simpson
Portland Police Bureau
Public Information Officer
(503) 823-0830
 
Lieutenant Steve Alexander
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office
Public Information Officer
(503) 251-2427


Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers working over St. Patrick's Day night report 29 DUII arrests statewide, including 11 arrests during a multi-agency Portland area enforcement effort, between 12:01 a.m., Saturday, March 16, and 4:00 a.m., Monday, March 18. According ODOT's Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), preliminary information indicates there were no reported fatal crashes during the weekend in Oregon.
 
Of the 29 reported DUII arrests reported during that period by OSP troopers, twelve (12) occurred Saturday, fifteen (15) on Sunday, and two (2) between midnight and 4:00 a.m. on Monday. OSP offices reporting two or more DUIIs arrest during St. Patrick's weekend:
 
*Portland Area Command office - 11 DUII arrests (6 on Sunday through 4:00 a.m., Monday)
*Salem Area Command office - 3 DUII arrests (1 on Sunday)
*Grants Pass work site - 3 DUII arrests (1 on Sunday)
*Springfield Area Command office - 2 DUII arrests (1 on Sunday)
 
Last year when St. Patrick's Day was on Saturday, OSP troopers reported 23 DUII arrests between 12 noon, Saturday, and 4:00 a.m., Monday.
 
During the weekend, a joint enforcement effort involving OSP, Portland Police Bureau (PPB), and Multnomah County Sheriff's Office targeted DUII drivers in the Portland area and reported 36 DUII arrests. The OSP Mobile DUII Processing Center motor home was parked at PPB Central Precinct to assist with processing DUII drivers. OSP troopers working during the interagency operation reported 11 DUII arrests, Multnomah County deputies reported 4 DUII arrests and 24 other traffic citations, and Portland police officers reported 21 DUII arrests and cited ten drivers for Reckless Driving along with 60 other traffic-related citations.
 
There have been no reported fatal crashes in Oregon Saturday or Sunday over the St. Patrick's Day weekend. Last year, there were 3 fatalities reported in two separate traffic crashes. Two years ago, two fatal traffic crashes resulted in the deaths of two people. During the previous four years there were no reported fatalities in Oregon over the St. Patrick's Day period.
 
According to statistics compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 700 people were killed nationwide in crashes involving a drunk driver during the St. Patrick's Day reporting period from 2006 - 2010. On average, every 51 minutes a person is killed in a drunk-driving crash in the United States.
 
Questions regarding DUII arrest statistics for other county and city law enforcement agencies should be directed to those respective agencies.