SALEM — For just the second time since Oregon State Police started tracking statistics, they report no fatalities in the state on Christmas.
There was a fatal crash on Cornelius Pass Road on Tuesday afternoon just hours before the official thirty-hour holiday period began. It was shorter because Christmas was on a Wednesday and many people worked on the days around the holiday.
OSP troopers arrested eleven drivers for being under the influence, two of which came as a result of reports to dispatch.
“We thank all drivers who showed zero tolerance for impaired driving by either ensuring a sober driver was operating their vehicle or reporting possible impaired drivers,” said Lieutenant Gregg Hastings.
The only other time with no fatalities on the roads was in 1996 during a 30-hour period as well. The deadliest year was 1983 when ten people were killed. Three people were killed and 53 drivers arrested for DUII last year.
Just because Christmas has passed doesn’t mean that police are turning the other cheek. The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign runs through New Years. That period last year was one of the deadliest on record with twelve fatalities.
You can report an impaired driver by calling 9-1-1, or state police at 1-800-24-DRUNK (37865).