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Oregon Intoxicated Driving Arrests Up Nearly Twofold

OPB | Dec. 26, 2012 3:17 p.m.

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Patrols found more Oregonians than last year drinking and driving over the Christmas long weekend. A spokesman for the state police says DUI arrests between Friday and Tuesday night nearly doubled, compared with last year.

Lieutenant Gregg Hastings says three people died in fatal crashes, although it’s too early to say if alcohol was a factor in all three accidents.

Hastings says people shouldn’t be shy about calling 911 if they see a driver swerving around.

“We look it as, any time we make an arrest of someone who’s under the influence we potentially have prevented a crash from occurring,” Hastings said. “And in some cases you may have saved someone’s life, because if that person continues down the road, they could be involved in a collision.”

Hastings says bad weather was another factor. While the forecast may dry out somewhat through this coming weekend, Hastings says enforcement will be stepped up, with officers keeping an eye out for impaired drivers through New Year’s Eve.

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