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Christmas Wrapup

Posted on 28th December 2011 at 08:54

Washington and Oregon law enforcement agencies are out with preliminary statistics for the Christmas weekend. The Washington State Patrol reports that they arrested 161 people on DUI charges over the holiday weekend, down from 194 one year ago. However, the number of fatal car crashes was up from last year. There were three fatal collisions, compared to none over last year’s Christmas holiday period. They suspect that a 47 year-old Chehalis man was impaired by drugs or alcohol when he drove around some barricades on Highway 2 in Snohomish County, going onto a pedestrian walkway, killing one man and injuring another. The other fatal crashes were in Island and Thurston Counties. Oregon State Police report only one fatal crash, with one person killed in a two-car crash on Highway 99 near Eugene. OSP also reports 28 DUI arrests, down from last year’s total of 36. You’re reminded that emphasis patrols will be continuing through this next holiday weekend, with local law enforcement joining the state agencies in the crackdown on drunk drivers.