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OSP Troopers Report Fairly Quiet Sunday Halloween Night on State Highways
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

Based upon this year's preliminary Sunday Halloween night DUII arrest statistics, Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers reported a drop in the number of DUII arrests in comparison to last year's busy Saturday night.
During the 12-hour period, 6:00 p.m., October 31st and 6:00 a.m., November 1st, OSP troopers this year reported 8 DUII arrests. This was a big drop from the number of DUII arrests noted during the last two Halloween nights. Last year on a Saturday night, troopers arrested 34 DUII drivers. Two years ago on a Friday night, troopers arrested 15 DUII drivers.
As previously reported prior to the weekend, Halloween is a particular deadly night due to impaired drivers. ODOT Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) data shows 90 percent of the fatalities (10) on Halloween night (6:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.) between 1998 and 2009 in Oregon occurred in alcohol and/or drug-involved traffic crashes. Last year on Halloween night there were no fatal crashes reported in Oregon, and there have been no fatal crashes reported yet to ODOT FARS.
OSP troopers did investigated several DUII-involved crashes including the early Monday morning crash in the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 near milepost 191 in the Eugene/Springfield area. An unrestrained 20-year old Eugene resident was seriously injured after the sport utility vehicle he was driving crashed into the center concrete median and rolled several times, trapping him inside. He was extricated and taken to an area hospital for treatment, and he is facing charges including DUII. (Photograph from crash scene provided with this release and was previously sent in an earlier news release about this incident)
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Some other DUII-related information over the weekend reported by other agencies for this release include:
  • Multnomah County Sheriff's Office investigated 3 DUII-involved crashes including a Halloween night single vehicle rollover crash on Sweetbriar Road. The driver was pinned in the vehicle, extracted by fire personnel and taken by LifeFlight with non-life threatening injuries.
  • Clackamas County Sheriff's Office reported at least 5 DUII arrests on Friday night and one each on Saturday and Sunday nights.
Prior to Halloween night, OSP troopers did investigate two pedestrian-involved fatal crashes on Saturday evening, one in the Salem area and one near White City.
Questions about local OSP enforcement statistics may be directed to your local OSP office.