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It was good news on the state’s highways over the Christmas holiday.

Based upon preliminary information from the Oregon Department of Transportation’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), there were no known confirmed traffic fatalities in Oregon during the 30-hour Christmas holiday reporting period that began at 6 p.m. Dec. 24.

A fatality did occur at approximately 2:34 p.m. Dec. 24 in Multnomah County, before the start of the reporting period.

If the preliminary information holds true, this was the second fatality-free Christmas holiday period since 1970; the only other was in 1996. The deadliest period occurred 30 years ago — 1983 — when ten people were killed in traffic crashes.

Oregon State Police (OSP), Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association, Oregon Association Chiefs of Police, and ODOT thanks all drivers who showed zero tolerance for impaired driving by either ensuring a sober driver was operating their vehicle or reporting possible impaired drivers. OSP troopers reported 11 DUII arrests during the 30-hour period, two of which were tied to citizen reports to OSP dispatch centers.

During last year’s 102-hour reporting period, three people died in three separate fatal traffic crashes and troopers reported 53 DUII arrests.

OSP, sheriff’s departments and city police agencies in Oregon and around the nation are continuing stepped up DUII enforcement as part of the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign through Jan. 1.

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