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Post-St. Patrick's Day OSP DUII Arrest Statistics
03/18/2012
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247
gregg.hastings@state.or.us

Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers working over St. Patrick's Day night report 23 DUII arrests statewide between 12 noon, Saturday, March 17, and 4:00 a.m., Sunday, March 18. OSP troopers also investigated two fatal traffic crashes resulting in the death of 3 people so far this weekend.
 
Of the 23 DUII arrests reported during that period, 18 occurred between midnight and 4:00 a.m. OSP offices reporting more than one DUII arrest during the above-mentioned 16-hour period:
  • Portland Area Command office - 3 DUII arrests (all after midnight)
  • Albany Area Command office - 4 DUII arrests (2 after midnight)
  • Central Point Area Command office - 3 DUII arrests (all after midnight)
  • Springfield Area Command office - 2 DUII arrests (1 after midnight)
  • Bend Area Command office - 2 DUII arrests (all after midnight)
  • La Grande Area Command office - 2 DUII arrests (all after midnight)
 
Last year when St. Patrick's Day was on a Thursday, OSP troopers reported 16 DUII arrests between the same 16-hour period.
 
OSP troopers reported 3 confirmed fatalities in two separate traffic crashes this weekend:
  • On March 17, 2012 at approximately 12:32 p.m. an adult female died when the car she was a passenger in lost control on hail-covered Highway 22W west of Dallas and collided head-on with another vehicle. Two others were injured.
  • On March 17, 2012 at approximately 6:45 p.m. two adult males died and a female was critically injured in a two-vehicle head-on crash on Highway 20W west of Bend.
 
There is no information at this time to indicate alcohol was a contributing factor in either of these crashes.
 
Last year, there were two fatal traffic crashes resulted in the deaths of two people in Oregon during the St. Patrick's Day reporting period. A confirmed Oregon fatality number may be known by Monday morning. Prior to last year there were no reported traffic fatalities in Oregon during the previous four years over the St. Patrick's Day period.
 
According to statistics compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 37 percent of the motor vehicle traffic fatalities during St. Patrick's Day 2009 involved at least one driver or motorcyclist with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 percent or higher. That year, there were 103 crash fatalities, of which 39 people were killed in traffic crashes involving at least one driver or motorcyclist with a BAC of. 08 percent or higher.
 
Questions regarding DUII arrest statistics for other county and city law enforcement agencies should be directed to those respective agencies.