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Preliminary Post-New Year's Holiday Period Statistics
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

Note: The reported fatality statistics may change if other information is received later from Oregon law enforcement agencies not reported yet to ODOT’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS). This year’s 78-hour reporting period started 6:00 p.m., Friday, December 30, 2011 and concluded at 11:59 p.m., Monday, January 2, 2012.
According to ODOT’s FARS, preliminary information indicates 5 people died in three separate fatal traffic crashes on Oregon roads during the New Year’s holiday reporting period. Following a busier New Year’s Eve night, Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers reported fewer DUII arrests this year in comparison to last year’s holiday period.
The following is a recap of this year’s known fatal traffic crashes during the holiday reporting period:
  • On December 31, 2011 at approximately 9:15 a.m. a 38-year old Vancouver, Washington man died after losing control of his pickup and crashing along Highway 20 about five miles west of Philomath. Icy roadway conditions are a possible contributing factor. OSP troopers are continuing the investigation.
  • On January 1, 2012 at approximately 3:00 a.m. a 31-year old Salem man and a 3-year old Salem girl died in a two-vehicle head-on crash on Highway 99E north of Salem near Chemawa Road. Ten others were injured, several seriously. OSP troopers are continuing the investigation.
  • On January 2, 2012 at approximately 8:27 p.m. a 56-year old man and a 19-year old man, both from Junction City, died following a two-vehicle head-on crash on River Road at Browns Landing south of Junction City. Lane County Sheriff’s Office is continuing the investigation.
One person died during last year’s holiday period on Oregon roads following a fatality-free New Year’s holiday period two years ago. Seven people were killed three years ago in 5 separate fatal crashes during the holiday period. According to FARS during the last ten years, an average of 5 traffic fatalities has occurred each year over the New Year’s holiday period.
Preliminary DUII enforcement statistics reported by OSP troopers indicates the arrest of 65 DUII drivers, forty-seven of which were between December 31 and 8:00 a.m., January 1st. Last year, OSP troopers reported 79 DUII arrests. OSP offices reporting 3 or more DUII arrests were:
  • Springfield Area Command office – 15 DUII arrests
  • Portland Area Command office – 13 DUII arrests
  • Coos Bay Area Command office – 8 DUII arrests
  • Central Point Area Command office – 5 DUII arrests
  • Klamath Falls Area Command office – 3 DUII arrests
  • St. Helens work site office – 3 DUII arrests
No other holiday-related information available at this time. Questions about DUII arrests by other OSP offices and county and city law enforcement agencies should be directed to those respective departments.