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Driver Cited in Alcohol-Involved Serious Injury Traffic Crash - Highway 126W west of Veneta in Lane County

December 19, 2013

Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247

A Eugene-area woman was cited by Oregon State Police (OSP) following a Wednesday afternoon alcohol-involved traffic crash that seriously injured her along Highway 126W about ten miles west of Veneta. OSP reminds drivers that enhanced enforcement efforts are taking place in Oregon and around the country approaching "National Holiday Lifesaver Weekend" and through the upcoming holiday season.

On December 18, 2013 at approximately 1:53 p.m., a 2011 Honda CRV driven by DIANE K. BANOS, age 63, from Eugene, was westbound on Highway 126W near milepost 37 traveling through a curve when it went off the highway and crashed nearly head-on into a tree. BANOS was seriously injured and transported by ambulance to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend.

Preliminary investigation indicated that alcohol was a contributing factor. BANOS was cited to appear in Lane County Circuit Court for DUII and Reckless Driving.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Lane Fire Authority and ODOT.

This holiday season, the Oregon State Police (OSP), Oregon State Sheriffs' Association (OSSA), and Oregon Association Chiefs of Police (OACP) urge everyone to support their enforcement efforts and show zero tolerance for drunk and drugged driving.

Throughout December, law enforcement agencies around the country are stepping up enforcement efforts during a time when the excitement and celebrations of the holiday season can lead to terrible decisions and serious legal consequences. Those decisions can impact lives of innocent people on the road, so on Friday, December 20, please remember those affected by an impaired driver whenever you see headlights on vehicles during daytime hours.

Every year since 1991 on the weekend preceding Christmas, the International Association of Chiefs of Police have organized "National Holiday Lifesaver Weekend", an effort to heighten public awareness and increase the apprehension of drunk and drugged drivers. Motorists are asked to turn on their headlights Friday for "National Lights on for Life" day, in remembrance of those who have been affected by an impaired driver.

More information and tips are available at:


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