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Post-Super Bowl Weekend Statistics: Two Traffic Fatalities, Slight Jump in OSP DUII Arrests
02/07/2011
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

Preliminary information indicates 2 people died in two separate fatal traffic crashes during Super Bowl weekend between 12:01 a.m., Saturday, February 5, and 6:00 a.m., Monday, February 7. During that time period, Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers reported 59 DUII arrests, one more than during last year's Super Bowl weekend when troopers arrested 58 DUII drivers.
 
The two confirmed fatal traffic crashes occurred after the conclusion of the Super Bowl football game:
  • On February 6, 2011 at approximately 9:53 p.m. an adult male died after crashing into the back of a box trailer eastbound on Highway 26 just west of the SE 362nd Avenue intersection in the Sandy area. The victim's name has not been released pending next of kin notification. A witness reported the victim's vehicle was being driven erratically, but neither alcohol nor any other impairment has been confirmed as factors at this time. OSP is the lead investigating agency.
  • On February 7, 2011 at approximately 2:00 a.m. a 32-year old woman died after her vehicle was struck at NE Portland Highway and NE Cully Boulevard. Two passengers in the other vehicle were transported with non-life threatening injuries. The other involved driver ran from the crash scene and was taken into custody by Portland (PPB) police a few blocks away. PPB is the lead investigating agency and is investigating speed and alcohol as contributing factors.
 
Last year, there were no traffic fatalities in Oregon during Super Bowl weekend.
 
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Super Bowl Sunday has become one of the nation's most dangerous days on the roadways due to impaired driving. NHTSA statistics show nationally on Super Bowl Sunday (12:01 a.m., Sunday, to 5:59 a.m., Monday) 48 percent of the fatalities occurred in crashes where a driver or motorcycle rider had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level of .08 percent or higher.
 
OSP offices reporting 3 or more DUII arrests during the weekend's nationwide effort to remove impaired drivers from the road:
  • Central Point Area Command – 10 DUII arrests
  • Springfield Area Command – 10 DUII arrests
  • Salem Area Command – 6 DUII arrests
  • Bend Area Command – 5 DUII arrests
  • Portland Area Command – 4 DUII arrests
  • Tualatin Work Site – 4 DUII arrests
  • Klamath Falls Area Command – 4 DUII arrests
  • Albany Area Command - 4 DUII arrests
  • Baker City Work Site – 3 DUII arrests
 
Questions regarding other law enforcement agency DUII arrests statistics should be directed to those agencies.