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Post-St. Patrick's Day OSP DUII Arrests and Traffic Fatality Statistics
03/18/2011
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers working over St. Patrick's Day night reported 16 DUII arrests statewide between 12 noon, Thursday, March 17, and 4:00 a.m., Friday, March 18. During the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) official reporting period for traffic fatalities (6:00 p.m., March 16, to 5:59 a.m., March 18), there were two confirmed fatal traffic crashes in Oregon. Both Oregon fatalities were pedestrian-involved crashes.
 
OSP offices reporting more than one DUII arrest during the above-mentioned 16 hour period:
  • Springfield Area Command office - 5 DUII arrests (three after midnight)
  • Portland Area Command office - 3 DUII arrests (two after midnight)
  • Central Point Area Command office - 3 DUII arrests (all after midnight)
 
Last year, OSP troopers reported 19 DUII arrests over the same reporting period.
 
The two confirmed reported fatalities in Oregon between 6:00 p.m., March 16, and 5:59 a.m., March 18, occurred:
  • On March 16, 2011 at approximately 11:00 p.m. Portland Police Bureau responded to a pedestrian-involved hit and run crash at NE 91st Avenue and NE Sandy Blvd. A 47-year old woman died after being struck by a vehicle that left the scene and was later found by officers. A 36-year old man was later arrested for Manslaughter in the First Degree and Felony Hit & Run.
  • On March 17, 2011 at approximately 4:25 p.m. a 40-year old man was struck after he ran into the path of an airport shuttle bus on the Highway 34 bypass in the Corvallis area. The man died after being transported to the hospital. OSP troopers are continuing the investigation.
 
According to NHTSA statistics, there were 103 crash fatalities nationwide on St. Patrick's Day in 2009. Out of that number, 47 people were killed in traffic crashes that involved at least one driver or motorcyclist with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. There were 134 traffic crash fatalities nationwide in 2008.
 
Prior to this year, there had been no traffic fatalities in Oregon during the last four years on St. Patrick's Day.
 
Questions regarding DUII arrest statistics for other county and city law enforcement agencies should be directed those respective departments.