Oregon State Police report DUII arrests up over Thanksgiving weekend
SALEM - Oregon State Police report their troopers arrested more drivers for DUII over the Thanksgiving weekend than they did in 2012.
From Thursday evening through Sunday, state troopers teamed up with the Washington State Patrol and the California Highway Patrol as part of a joint traffic safety effort called the I-5 Challenge.
Troopers reported 50 DUII arrests in Oregon over that five-day period, which was up slightly from 2012. Eight of those arrests were in the Portland area; seven in the Salem area. Overall, troopers responded to 120 crashes. State police say only seven of those collisions involved alcohol.
There were two deadly crashes over the holiday weekend; one in Linn County and the second in Gresham. The second crash happened Sunday on S.E. Orient Drive, near Salquist Rd. It killed 26-year-old Nicole Anstaett. Gresham police are still looking into whether speed or alcohol were factors in that collision.
State troopers are calling December "3-D Month" in recognition of "Drinking and Drugged Driving Awareness Month." They'll be participating in more statewide and national efforts to cut down on impaired driving during the holiday season.