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Preliminary Statistics for 2009 Memorial Day Holiday Weekend
05/26/2009
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247

Preliminary statistics for the 2009 Memorial Day holiday weekend period indicates traffic fatalities were up and Oregon State Police (OSP) DUII arrests increased from the 2008 holiday period. This release is based upon preliminary information for the reporting period from 6:00 p.m., May 22, through 11:59 p.m., May 25, 2009.
 
According to confirmed information, five people died in 4 separate fatal traffic crashes in Oregon during the 78-hour reporting period. During the 2008 Memorial Day holiday period two people died, and during the 2007 holiday period ten traffic fatalities were reported. A brief review of Oregon's confirmed fatal crashes during this year's holiday period:
  • On Saturday, May 23rd, a 22-year old Redmond man died in a single vehicle roll over crash on Highway 402 east of Monument in Grant County. OSP is the lead investigating agency.
  • On Saturday, May 23rd, a 19-year old Dallas woman died after the vehicle she was driving went off North Fork Road in southeast Marion County and fell down an 80 foot embankment into the North Santiam River. Marion County Sheriff's Office is the lead investigating agency.
  • On Sunday, May 24th, a 29-year old man died after his off-road vehicle rolled down a hill off Thompson Creek Road in the Applegate area. Jackson County Sheriff's Office is the lead investigating agency.
  • On Monday, May 25th, two adult males were found deceased during the mid-morning hours in a vehicle spotted in heavy brush off the eastbound shoulder of Highway 26 near milepost 80. Warm Springs Police Department, assisted by OSP, is the lead investigating agency.
 
According to ODOT's Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), the highest number of traffic fatalities during this holiday period happened in 1979 when 13 people died.
 
Preliminary OSP enforcement statistics for this year's Memorial Day holiday period noted troopers arrested 88 DUII drivers, up from last year's 79 reported arrests and matching reported arrests during the 2007 period. OSP offices reporting the highest number of DUII arrests were:
  • Portland Area Command - 14 DUII arrests
  • Springfield Area Command - 13 DUII arrests
  • Bend Area Command - 12 DUII arrests
  • Central Point Area Command - 7 DUII arrests
  • Klamath Falls Area Command - 6 DUII arrests
 
OSP troopers made over 6,000 traffic-related enforcement contacts and also issued nearly 1,800 speed-related citations, including several to drivers traveling over 100 mph. Four examples in the Portland area include:
  • A 106 mph driver stopped May 23rd at 1:24 a.m. by Recruit Trooper Kimberly Long on Interstate 205 near Oregon City who was also arrested for DUII.
  • A 110 mph driver stopped May 24th at about 9:45 a.m. by Trooper Colin Tracy on Interstate 205 near West Linn.
  • A 127 mph driver stopped May 24th at 3:30 a.m. by Lieutenant Jason Bledsoe on Interstate 205 near Foster Road.
 
Troopers also responded to about 100 reported traffic crashes and assisted over 500 disabled motorists.
 
Increased patrols and participation in traffic safety enforcement campaigns by OSP, county sheriff offices and city police departments will continue through May 31st as part of the ongoing national "Click It or Ticket" campaign.