Oregon Roads Free of Fatalities During Christmas Holiday

By Jim McCoy Thu 26th December Newsholiday driving statisticsOregon State Police
For just the second time in over 40 years, there were no fatalities on Oregon roadways. The reporting period began at 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve, and ran through 11:59 p.m. Christmas night. There was a confirmed fatality in Multnomah County, but it was not counted for holiday driving as it occurred at 2:45 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Only once before, in 1996, was there a Christmas holiday period where no one died while driving Oregon roadways. Last year, three people died during the same time period. The worst Christmas holiday for traffic holidays is in 1983, when 10 travelers died in Oregon. 11 DUII arrests were made between Tuesday and Wednesday, two were reported by citizens to the authorities. OSP is hopeful the trend can hold for the New Year's holiday. Last year's was one of the deadliest since 1970. Last year, there were 12 fatalities reported on Oregon roads- including nine in a single accident, when a bud crashed in the Pendleton area.

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