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Preliminary Statistics for 2011 Memorial Day Holiday Period
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

(Note: Questions regarding your local OSP or other law enforcement agency enforcement activities should be directed to those OSP offices or other agencies)
Preliminary statistics for the 2011 Memorial Day holiday weekend period indicates fewer statewide traffic fatalities and a 20 percent increase in DUII arrests by Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers in comparison to 2010 statistics released this morning. This year's Memorial Day holiday reporting period began at 6:00 p.m., May 27, and concluded May 30 at 11:59 p.m.
According to ODOT's Fatality Analysis Reporting System, three people died in 3 separate fatal traffic crashes in Oregon during this year's reporting period. OSP troopers investigated each of this year's fatal crashes, one of which was pedestrian-involved and the other two were unrestrained vehicle occupants. Six people died during the 2010 Memorial Day holiday period, and five fatalities were reported during the 2009 holiday period.
Since 1970 nearly 260 people have died in Oregon traffic crashes during the Memorial Day holiday period; an average of more than 6 fatalities per reporting period. The highest number of Oregon traffic fatalities during this holiday period happened in 1979 when 13 people died.

A brief review of Oregon's confirmed fatal crashes during this year's holiday period:
  • On Saturday, May 28 at approximately 2:27 p.m. a 50-year old Richland, Washington woman died in a three-vehicle fatal traffic crash on Highway 97 south of Kent. Initial investigative information indicated the passenger was not using safety restraints but the investigation is continuing including confirming her use of safety restraints.
  • On Sunday, May 29 at approximately 10:40 p.m. a 68-year old La Pine, Oregon man died when he was struck by a pickup as he walked in the southbound lane of Highway 97 south of La Pine.
  • On Monday, May 30 at approximately 11:50 p.m. a 33-year old Gresham, Oregon man died after losing control of his pickup and crashing into a guardrail on Highway 26 west of Government Camp. The man was ejected and wasn't using safety restraints.
Preliminary OSP enforcement statistics for this year's Memorial Day holiday period noted troopers arrested 88 DUII drivers, up from 73 DUII arrests last year. The OSP Central Point Area Command office accounted for 22% of those arrests as they lead all OSP offices with 19 DUII arrests. Other OSP offices reporting three or more DUII arrests were:

  • Grants Pass work site - 9 DUII arrests
  • Salem Area Command office - 9 DUII arrests
  • Klamath Falls Area Command office - 8 DUII arrests
  • Springfield Area Command office - 8 DUII arrests
  • Coos Bay Area Command office - 5 DUII arrests
  • LaGrande Area Command office - 4 DUII arrests
  • Newport Area Command office - 4 DUII arrests
  • McMinnville Area Command office - 3 DUII arrests
  • Astoria Area Command office - 3 DUII arrests

An interagency enforcement effort during the holiday weekend focused on all Jackson County area highways involving OSP, Jackson County Sheriff's Office, Medford Police Department, Ashland Police Department, Phoenix Police Department, and Talent Police Department. During the four-day multi-agency effort, participating officers stopped 338 vehicles resulting in 34 DUII arrests, 23 criminal charges, five citations for Minor in Possession of Alcohol, and other citaions and 316 traffic-related warnings.
Increased patrols and participation in traffic safety enforcement campaigns by OSP, county sheriff offices and city police departments will continue through June 5th as part of the ongoing national "Click It or Ticket" campaign.