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DUII Arrests Up, Fatalities Down During "National Holiday Lifesaver Weekend"
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

Oregon State Police troopers reported an increase in DUII arrests last weekend during the three-day "National Holiday Lifesaver Weekend" between 12:01 a.m., Friday, December 16, and 11:59 p.m., Sunday, December 18. Preliminary information also indicates two people died during that period, a drop from the previous year.
The reported fatalites were:
  • A 77-year old bicyclist involved in a collision with car Friday morning, December 16, in Terrebonne died Sunday according to the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office.
  • On Sunday evening, December 18, one person died in a single vehicle traffic crash on SE Currin Road near SE Duus Road outside of Estacada. Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is conducting the investigation.
Last year during "National Holiday Lifesaver Weekend", December 17 - 19, three people died in 3 separate fatal traffic crashes on Oregon roads. One of the three fatalities occurred in an alcohol-involved crash.
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers reported 50 DUII arrests during "National Holiday Lifesaver Weekend", a 10% increase over last year's lifesaver weekend when troopers made 45 arrests. Eighty percent of the arrests this year were on Saturday and Sunday. OSP offices reporting 3 or more DUII arrests were:
  • Portland Area Command office - 10 DUII arrests
  • Central Point Area Command office - 5 DUII arrests
  • Grants Pass work site office - 5 DUII arrests
  • Albany Area Command office - 4 DUII arrests
  • Springfield Area Command office - 3 DUII arrests
  • Bend Area Command office - 3 DUII arrests
Every year since 1991 on the weekend preceding Christmas, the International Association of Chiefs of Police have organized "National Holiday Lifesaver Weekend", an effort to heighten public awareness and increase the apprehension of drunk and drugged drivers.
About the Oregon State Police:
The Oregon State Police is a full-service public safety agency providing diverse services to the citizens of Oregon. Our mission is to enhance livability and safety by protecting the people, property, and natural resources of the state. To realize our vision and accomplish our mission our objectives are to BE THERE (be ready and able to respond to the increasing needs of Oregonians); PREVENT HARM (engage in vigilant enforcement of laws and regulations while making Oregon's roadways safe and reducing our citizen's exposure to crime, fire and disasters); and, SUPPORT OREGON COMMUNITIES (providing specialized services and assistance throughout Oregon in support of the statewide public safety infrastructure).