Sunday, August 6, 2017

Some Sobering DUII Statistics for Oregon in 2015, Via the West Linn Police Department


News Release from West Linn Police Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: August 6th, 2017 4:58 PM
The West Linn Police Department continues to staff extra patrol cars in order to catch intoxicated drivers. While we as a society have made progress (Since 1982, drunk driving fatalities on our nation's roadways have decreased 51%), we still have room for improvement. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 35,092 people died in traffic crashes in 2015 in the United States, including an estimated 10,265 people (155 in Oregon) who were killed in drunk driving crashes involving an intoxicated driver (.08 BAC or greater). Among the people killed in these drunk driving crashes, 67% (6,865) were in crashes in which at least one driver in the crash had a blood alcohol content of 1.5 or higher. Oregon's percentage of fatal DUII crashes involving a blood alcohol content of 1.5 and above was 3% higher than the national average. When it came to the percent of Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities out of the total driving fatalities, Oregon was 5.4% higher than the national average (the national average was 29.3%, while Oregon was 34.7%). Clearly, we have more work to do. Thanks to a grant through Oregon Impact, the West Linn Police Department has the funds to deploy extra cars throughout each month to specifically target intoxicated drivers. We want those statistics to continue to decrease.
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