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OSP and ODOT Preliminary Post-New Year's Holiday Statistics
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247
Pager: (503) 323-3195

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Updated information gathered by Oregon State Police (OSP) and Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) has led to a reduction in the official reported number of fatalities during this year's 102-hour New Year's holiday period between 6:00 p.m., Friday, December 28th, and 11:59 p.m., Tuesday, January 1, 2008. Initial news release indicated there were six fatalities in five separate traffic crashes, but the number has been reduced because one fatal crash happened several days before the official reporting period began.
ODOT's Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) now reports fatal crashes provided by Oregon law enforcement agencies indicates five people died in four separate crashes during the period. Two of the deaths were pedestrians and one fatal crash resulted in the death of a mother and her daughter. Last year during a 78-hour reporting period there were four fatalities in four separate traffic crashes.
One of the previously considered fatal crashes is believed to have happened December 24, 2007, but the crash was located and reported on December 29th at approximately 4:40 p.m. when the body of a missing 20-year old Grants Pass area man was found by family members in his crashed vehicle off Rogue River Highway about 4 miles south of Rogue River. Oregon State Police is the lead investigating agency.
The following is a brief review of this year's fatal traffic crashes known to have occurred during the abovementioned New Year holiday period:
  • On December 30th at approximately 9:30 p.m., a female pedestrian was struck by a car as she tried to walk across Interstate 84 westbound near milepost 28. Oregon State Police is the lead investigating agency and the woman has not been positively identified.
  • On December 31st at approximately 5:00 p.m. a 17-year old female was found deceased in her crashed vehicle in a creek on Cornelius Pass Road. Multnomah County Sheriff's Office is the lead investigating agency.
  • On December 31st at approximately 5:30 p.m. an 80-year old woman was struck by a car as she was walking across SE Powell Boulevard near SE 84th Avenue. Portland Police Bureau is the lead investigating agency.
  • On December 31st at approximately 11:04 a.m. a crash involving two vehicles on an icy section of Highway 35 south of Odell led to three people being critically injured. Two people, a 48-year old mother and her 8-year old daughter from West Linn, both died early January 1st at the Portland-area hospitals where they were being treated. The third person remains in critical condition. Oregon State Police is the lead investigating agency.
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers reported more DUII drivers arrested during this year's holiday period. Preliminary statistics show 98 DUII arrests, up from 81 arrests in 2006 and 88 arrests in 2005. OSP offices reporting the highest DUII arrests statistics were Springfield (10 DUII arrests, seven of which occurred January 1st between midnight and 5:00 a.m.), Coos Bay (9 DUII arrests), Roseburg (9 DUII arrests), and Salem (9 DUII arrests).
DUII arrest totals for other agencies are not included in this release, but one interagency effort of note took place over the holiday weekend in Yamhill County. OSP troopers from the McMinnville Area Command office were joined by Yamhill County Sheriff's Deputies, Newberg Police Department, and McMinnville Police Department in a high visibility effort to deter impaired driving. The OSP Mobile DUII Processing Center (MDPC) motor home was utilized at the junction of Highway 18 and Highway 99W between the towns of Newberg and McMinnville. Officers reported numerous citizens stopped to encourage the effort and gave several favorable comments about the use of the MDPC. Prior to New Year's Day, participating agencies reported 8 DUII arrests.
Questions regarding local OSP office enforcement statistics should be referred to those respective offices.
Accompanying photograph shows Yamhill County-area officers who participating in the some of the interagency DUII enforcement effort.