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DUII arrests up over lifesaver weekend

Oregon State Police reported a slight increase in DUII arrests over 2010 during the recent 'National Holiday Lifesaver Weekend,' an ongoing effort meant to help crack down on drunk and drugged drivers.

OSP Troopers made 50 DUII arrests between Friday and Sunday. There were 45 similar arrests over the same period in 2010. The OSP Portland Area Command office had the most driving-under-the-influence arrests with 10 reported. Six OSP offices reported three or more arrests. The St. Helens OSP work site reported one.

Two people were killed from traffic crashes over the three-day weekend, one more than last year. A 77-year-old bicyclist died after crashing with a car on Dec. 16 in Terrebonne and a single-car crash killed another person in Estacada on Dec. 18.

The International Association of Chiefs of Police have organized the lifesaver efforts every weekend preceding Christmas since 1991. The goal is to heighten public awareness of drunk driving and increase related arrest rates.