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OSP Weekend Arrests; No Fatalities
Preliminary information from the Oregon State Police indicates there were no fatal traffic crashes in Oregon during the big game weekend between 12:01am, Saturday February 1st, and 5:59am, Monday February 3rd. During the weekend, OSP troopers reported 43 DUI arrests, up from 31 reported arrests during last year’s big game weekend.
Last year, two people died in two fatal traffic crashes in Oregon. Both crashes were investigated by OSP, one of which was alcohol-involved. Over the last eight years, 16 people have died in traffic crashes on Oregon roads during the same weekend.
According to NHTSA, impaired drivers contribute to big game Sunday becoming one of the most dangerous days on the road. Nationwide, approximately 48 percent of traffic fatalities on this weekend involve a driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 percent or higher.