Of the 36 reported DUII arrests during that period by OSP troopers, fourteen (14) occurred Saturday, ten (10) on Sunday, and twelve (12) on St. Patrick’s Day between 12:01 a.m. and 4:00 a.m. on Tuesday. OSP offices reporting two or more DUII arrests during this period were:
* Portland Area Command office – 8 DUII arrests (7 weekend)
* Salem Area Command office – 4 DUII arrests (4 weekend)
* Springfield Area Command office – 3 DUII arrests (1 weekend)
* Grants Pass Work Site – 3 DUII arrests (1 weekend)
* Bend Area Command office – 3 DUII arrests (3 weekend)
* Central Point Area Command office – 2 DUII arrests (1 weekend)
* Ontario Area Command office – 2 DUII arrests (1 weekend)
Last year when St. Patrick’s Day was on a Sunday, OSP troopers reported 29 DUII arrests between 12:01 a.m., Saturday, through 4:00 a.m., Monday. Seventeen (17) arrests occurred on St. Patrick’s Day between 12:01 a.m., Sunday, and 4:00 a.m., Monday.
There are 3 confirmed fatal traffic crashes that occurred March 15 through March 17, each involving motorcycles whose operator was killed. Two of these crashes occurred on Saturday in southern Oregon and the third was on Monday along Highway 20 in Lincoln County that resulted in the death of a 65-year old California man. OSP is not aware of confirming information that any of the 3 fatalities were alcohol-involved. Excessive speed may have been a contributing factor in each fatal crash.
Prior to this year according to ODOT’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), over the years 2007 – 2013 there were 4 traffic fatalities on St. Patrick’s Day. No deaths were recorded 2008 – 2011 and in 2013.
Oregon State Police, Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association, Oregon Association Chiefs of Police, and ODOT thank each person who celebrated St. Patrick’s Day and pledged to play it smart by driving sober.
Note: DUII arrest numbers for other law enforcement agencies are not reported to OSP.
Photographs are from Monday’s fatal traffic crash scene on Highway 20.