Following up on my previous personal injury attorney blog post regarding last weekend’s National Holiday Lifesaver event geared towards international awareness of car accident related personal injury victims caused by drunk drivers, the Oregon State Police reports that DUII arrests were up and fatalities down for the weekend.  The fact that fatalities decreased is good news of course.  But two people nonetheless died in alcohol-related car accidents.  That is two too many by my count.  The OSP’s news release is outlined below:

Oregon State Police troopers reported an increase in DUII arrests last weekend during the three-day “National Holiday Lifesaver Weekend” between 12:01 a.m., Friday, December 16, and 11:59 p.m., Sunday, December 18. Preliminary information also indicates two people died during that period, a drop from the previous year.

The reported fatalities are:

* A 77-year old bicyclist involved in a collision with a car Friday morning, December 16, in Terrebonne died Sunday according to the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office.

* On Sunday evening, December 18, one person died in a single vehicle traffic crash on SE Currin Road near SE Duus Road outside of Estacada. Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office is conducting the investigation.

Last year during “National Holiday Lifesaver Weekend”, December 17 – 19, three people died in 3 separate fatal traffic crashes on Oregon roads. One of the three fatalities occurred in an alcohol-involved crash.

Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers reported 50 DUII arrests during “National Holiday Lifesaver Weekend”, a 10% increase over last year’s lifesaver weekend when troopers made 45 arrests. Eighty percent of the arrests this year were on Saturday and Sunday. OSP offices reporting 3 or more DUII arrests were:

* Portland Area Command office – 10 DUII arrests
* Central Point Area Command office – 5 DUII arrests
* Grants Pass work site office – 5 DUII arrests
* Albany Area Command office – 4 DUII arrests
* Springfield Area Command office – 3 DUII arrests
* Bend Area Command office – 3 DUII arrests

Every year since 1991 on the weekend preceding Christmas, the International Association of Chiefs of Police have organized “National Holiday Lifesaver Weekend”, an effort to heighten public awareness and increase the apprehension of drunk and drugged drivers.  Hopefully neither you or your loved-ones are one of the injured or killed statistics above – but if you are make sure to call me or another personal injury attorney immediately so that you know your rights.