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More DUII Deaths and Arrests in Oregon this New Year

Oregon State Police and the state's highway department release preliminary post-New Year's holiday statistics.

Yamhill County-area officers who participated in the some of the interagency DUII enforcement effort.
Yamhill County-area officers who participated in the some of the interagency DUII enforcement effort.
Photo: Oregon State Police

(SALEM, Ore.) - Oregon's roads and highways saw a slightly worse New Year season in terms of traffic related DUII deaths and arrests. Police say enhanced patrols were successful, especially in Yamhill County where a mobile DUII processing center motor home was utilized.

Preliminary information gathered by Oregon State Police and Oregon Department of Transportation indicated a slight jump in the number of traffic-related deaths and an increase in DUII arrests during this year's 102-hour New Year's holiday period between 6:00 PM, Friday, December 28th, and 11:59 PM, Tuesday, January 1st.

"FARS," the state's Fatality Analysis Reporting System, reported fatal crashes provided by Oregon law enforcement agencies indicates six people died in five separate crashes during the period. Two of the deaths were pedestrians and one fatal crash resulted in the death of a mother and her daughter. Last year during a 78-hour reporting period there were four fatalities in four separate traffic crashes. The following is a brief review of this year's New Year holiday period fatal crashes.

DUII related incidents

* On December 29th at approximately 4:40 PM, the body of a missing 20-year old Grants Pass area man was found by family members in his crashed vehicle off Rogue River Highway about 4 miles south of Rogue River. Oregon State Police is the lead investigating agency.

* On December 30th at approximately 9:30 PM, a female pedestrian was struck by a car as she tried to walk across Interstate 84 westbound near milepost 28. Oregon State Police is the lead investigating agency and the woman has not been positively identified.

* On December 31st at approximately 5:00 PM a 17-year old female was found deceased in her crashed vehicle in a creek on Cornelius Pass Road. Multnomah County Sheriff's Office is the lead investigating agency.

* On December 31st at approximately 5:30 PM an 80-year old woman was struck by a car as she was walking across SE Powell Boulevard near SE 84th Avenue. Portland Police Bureau is the lead investigating agency.

* On December 31st at approximately 11:04 AM a crash involving two vehicles on an icy section of Highway 35 south of Odell led to three people being critically injured. Two people, a 48-year old mother and her 8-year old daughter from West Linn, both died early January 1st at the Portland-area hospitals where they were being treated. The third person remains in critical condition. Oregon State Police is the lead investigating agency.

More DUII Arrests

Preliminary statistics show 98 DUII arrests, up from 81 arrests in 2006 and 88 arrests in 2005. OSP offices reporting the highest DUII arrests statistics were Springfield (10 DUII arrests, seven of which occurred January 1st between midnight and 5:00 AM), Coos Bay (9 DUII arrests), Roseburg (9 DUII arrests), and Salem (9 DUII arrests).

DUII arrest totals for other agencies are not included in this release, but one interagency effort of note took place over the holiday weekend in Yamhill County. OSP troopers from the McMinnville Area Command office were joined by Yamhill County Sheriff's Deputies, Newberg Police Department, and McMinnville Police Department in a high visibility effort to deter impaired driving.

The OSP Mobile DUII Processing Centee motor home was utilized at the junction of Highway 18 and Highway 99W between the towns of Newberg and McMinnville. Officers reported numerous citizens stopped to encourage the effort and gave several favorable comments about the use of the MDPC. Prior to New Year's Day, participating agencies reported 8 DUII arrests.

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