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Preliminary Post-New Year's Holiday Period Statistics - No Reported Traffic Fatalities
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247
Shelley Snow
ODOT Public Affairs
(503) 986-3438

(Note: This reported fatality statistic may change if other information is reported later by Oregon law enforcement agencies. This year's New Year's Holiday reporting period started 6:00 p.m., December 30, and concluded at 11:59 p.m., January 3, 2010. This is the confirmed reported number at this time for the 102-hour holiday period.)


According to ODOT's Fatality Analysis Reporting System, preliminary information indicates there were no fatal traffic crashes on Oregon roads during the New Year's Holiday period. Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers also reported fewer DUII arrests during this holiday period in comparison to last year's period, and enforcement of the new cell phone law was light as troopers reported seeing less use by drivers after the law took effect January 1.
If Oregon's traffic fatality report for the New Year's Holiday period holds true, this would be only the second New Year's Holiday period without a traffic fatality in Oregon since 1970. The only other non-fatality holiday period was a 30-hour reporting period in 2003. This year's reporting period was 102 hours long from 6:00 p.m., December 30, through 11:59 p.m., January 3, 2010. The previous lowest fatality number for a 102-hour New Year's Holiday period was five in 1993. The highest was twelve fatalities in 1998,
During last year's New Year's Holiday period, seven people were killed in 5 separate fatal traffic crashes. According to FARS, during the last ten years an average of five people died each year over this holiday period.

Preliminary DUII enforcement statistics indicates 70 DUII drivers arrested by OSP troopers, down from 85 reported DUII arrests during the 2009 New Year's Holiday period. OSP offices reporting 3 or more DUII arrests were:
  • Springfield Area Command – 10 DUII arrests
  • Portland Area Command – 9 DUII arrests
  • Salem Area Command – 7 DUII arrests
  • Coos Bay Area Command – 5 DUII arrests
  • Bend Area Command – 4 DUII arrests
  • Lakeview Work Site – 3 DUII arrests
  • Ontario Area Command – 3 DUII arrests
  • Newport Area Command – 3 DUII arrests
  • St. Helens Work Site – 3 DUII arrests
OSP troopers also reported making over 4,300 traffic-related contacts, responding to over 130 traffic crashes and assisted nearly 400 disabled motorists.
OSP troopers' enforcement of Oregon's new cell phone law appears to have been light over the first three days. Fewer drivers were seen with cell phones in hand, more people with visible hands free accessories, and drivers stopped at a safe locations while talking on their cell phones.

Arrest statistics for county and city agencies were not available. Any questions related to their statistics should be directed to those respective agencies.