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WSP: More Fatal Accidents This Memorial Day Weekend

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KENNEWICK, Wash.--  Memorial Day Weekend is over and state agencies have counted up the number of fatal accidents and DUIs.  Washington State Patrol reports six fatal accidents, and 320 DUI arrests over the long weekend.  That's twice as many deaths on the road as last year, but it's fewer drunk drivers.

Sgt. Freddy Williams says there's no common theme in any of these accidents.  In at least one, the person killed wasn't wearing a seatbelt.  Two of the fatal accidents were the result of an unoccupied car running someone over.  Of the other four, two were in Yakima County and two were on the west side. 

Sgt. Williams explains that more people out on the roads could be the reason for the increase in deaths.  He says, "Part of it might be there may have been more people out on the road.   I heard one report where this is the first time in 5 years where all 3 days of Memorial Day Weekend, we had nice weather and fuel prices are down and just people are out enjoying themselves."

As for Oregon, Oregon State Police say there were five people who died on the road, and 88 drivers arrested for DUII.  Both fatalities and arrests in Oregon are up from last year's numbers.
We also want to note, these numbers don't include every fatal accident, only one's handled by State Troopers.