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Preliminary OSP DUII Arrest Statistic for 2010 New Year's Evening
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

Oregon State Police troopers noted a drop of about one-third in the number of DUII arrests during the New Year's Eve night around the state in comparison to last year's busy evening.
Preliminary information indicates December 31st through January 1, 2010 at 8:00 a.m. that OSP troopers reported 34 DUII arrests around the state. Last year, troopers reported 52 DUII arrests. OSP troopers did not respond to any fatal traffic crashes and offices reporting two or more DUII arrests during that period were:
  • Springfield Area Command – 7 DUII arrests
  • Coos Bay Area Command - 5 DUII arrests
  • Portland Area Command – 3 DUII arrests
  • Central Point Area Command – 3 DUII arrests
  • St. Helens work site – 3 DUII arrests
  • Bend Area Command – 3 DUII arrests
  • Roseburg Area Command - 2 DUII arrests
  • Lakeview work site - 2 DUII arrests
  • Burns work site - 2 DUII arrests
A NHTSA national study released two years ago showed the daily death toll from impaired driving crashes during the Christmas and New Year's holiday periods is significantly more than for the rest of the year. The report showed from 2001 - 2005, an average of 36 fatalities occurred per day on America's roadways as a result of crashes involving an alcohol-impaired driver. That number increased to 45 per day during the Christmas period and to 54 per day over the New Year's holiday.
State, county and city law enforcement agencies are continuing participation in the national crackdown against impaired drivers during the New Year's Holiday period (6:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 30th, through 11:59 p.m., Sunday, January 3rd, 2010). Over last year's 102-hour New Year's holiday period, seven people were killed in 5 separate Oregon traffic crashes. According to ODOT FARS statistics, during the last ten years over this holiday period an average of more than 5 traffic deaths have occurred.
OSP troopers reported more than 80 DUII arrests over last year's 102-hour New Year's holiday period. During the recent Christmas holiday period, OSP troopers arrested over 60 DUII drivers, up from 50 arrests reported in the 2008 holiday period.

OSP, Oregon State Sheriff's Association, Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police and ODOT urge holiday travelers to remember these tips:
  • Remember cooler temperatures are leading to icy roadway conditions in many areas. Expect the unexpected and be alert for quick changes in road conditions, especially watching for ice on bridges and in shaded areas.
  • Don't drink and drive ("Buzzed driving is drunk driving"), and don't ride with anyone who has had too much to drink.
  • Never use illegal drugs.
  • Volunteer to be a designated driver.
  • If someone who's been drinking insists on driving, take his/her keys.
  • If hosting a gathering, provide non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Use public transit or local drive-home services provided by taxis and other companies.
  • Always use safety restraints.
  • Avoid travel after midnight, especially on weekends or holidays.
  • Drive alert and defensively at all times.
  • Report any suspected impaired driving by calling 1-800-24DRUNK (800-243-7865) or 9-1-1.