The Oregon State Police recorded no traffic deaths during the New Year’s holiday. The agency says it’s the third time since 1970 that no one died on the roads over New Year’s.
Gregg Hastings is a lieutenant with the Oregon State Police. He notes that it might have helped that the holiday fell on a Wednesday, rather than closer to a weekend when people can extend their celebrating.
This year, authorities tracked the period from 6 on New Year’s Eve to midnight New Year’s Day.
“Whether it’s 30 hours long or 102 hours long, any time we can get through a major holiday period without having a traffic fatality, that is something that’s quick encouraging, and you still cross your fingers and hope you don’t have a delayed fatality which may occur in the coming days, related to a crash that happened during the holiday period,” Hastings said.
According to Hastings some drivers still made poor decisions, and some people were seriously injured on the roads.