OSP issues New Year’s traffic report

Preliminary information indicates 12 people died in four separate fatal traffic crashes on Oregon roads during the New Year’s holiday reporting period.

Last year during the same holiday period, six people died in four separate fatal traffic crashes.

The 12 fatalities in 2012, including nine deaths in the Dec. 30 bus crash, equals the highest number reported for two different years during this holiday period since 1970 when ODOT began to gather these statistics.

The same number of traffic deaths were reported for that holiday period in back-to-back years, 1998 and 1999, according to ODOT’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS). The 102-hour reporting period started at 6 p.m., Dec. 28 and concluded at midnight, Jan. 1.

The New Year’s weekend’s known fatal traffic crashes during the holiday reporting period included:

n On Dec. 30, a 69-year old man from Post Falls, Idaho died after the vehicle he was a passenger in crashed on an icy stretch of Interstate 84 east of Stanfield. The pickup’s driver survived the crash.

n On Dec. 30, nine people died and 38 others were injured when a charter bus lost control on an icy stretch of Interstate 84 east of Pendleton and rolled down a steep embankment.

n On Dec. 31, a 60-year old Cottage Grove-area woman died when she was struck by a vehicle as she stood at the end of her driveway.

n On Dec. 31, a 7-year-old Clackamas boy died when the pickup he was a passenger in lost control on black ice along I-84 west of Mosier and went off the freeway into the Columbia River. The boy’s father survived the crash. (See story, above.)

OSP troopers reported 78 DUII arrests during the holiday period, up from 65 DUII arrests reported last year and nearly matching 79 DUII arrests two years ago.Two DUII arrests were registered by The Dalles OSP Command (Cascade Locks to Arlington).

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