Info from Oregon State Police
Preliminary information indicates no known reported traffic fatalities in Oregon occurred during the 30-hour Fourth of July 2012 holiday reporting period between 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 3, and 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, July 4. According to ODOT’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), since 1970 there has only been one other fatal-free Fourth of July holiday period which occurred 33 years ago (1979) during a similar 30-hour reporting period.
OSP troopers reported 19 DUII arrests statewide during the 30-hour reporting period. Nearly 90 percent of the reported arrests occurred on July 4. Last year, troopers reported 110 DUII arrests over the 78-hour holiday reporting period. Arrest statistics provided by OSP dispatch centers show four OSP offices reported two or more DUII arrests:
* Albany Area Command office – 3 DUII arrests
* Astoria Area Command office – 2 DUII arrests
* Bend Area Command office – 2 DUII arrests
* The Dalles Area Command office – 2 DUII arrests
According to ODOT FARS, the Fourth of July holiday period is the deadliest holiday period of the year on Oregon roads. Nearly 300 people have died on Oregon roads during this holiday period since 1970. Last year, three people died in two separate fatal traffic crashes.
OSP troopers will continue stepped up enforcement efforts as part of the nationwide Operation CARE (Combined Accident Reduction Effort) through Sunday, July 8.