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Preliminary Statistics for 2010 Memorial Holiday Period
06/01/2010
(Note: This news release was updated June 22)
 
Updated statistics for the 2010 Memorial Day holiday weekend period indicates statewide traffic fatalities equaled last year's total and Oregon State Police (OSP) DUII arrests were slightly down, May 28 through May 31, 2010.
 

According to ODOT's Fatality Analysis Reporting System, five people died in 5 separate fatal traffic crashes in Oregon during the reporting period.  Four of the fatal crashes were investigated by OSP and the fifth crash by Grants Pass Department of Public Safety. Five people died during the 2009 Memorial Day holiday period, and two fatalities were reported during the 2008 holiday period. 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.
 
A brief review of Oregon's confirmed fatal crashes during this year's holiday period:
 
* On Saturday, May 29th, a 64-year old Dallas, Oregon man died after losing control of his motorcycle on Highway 31 about five miles south of the community of Summer Lake in Lake County. Investigated by OSP Lakeview office.
* On Saturday, May 29th, a 49-year old man was struck and killed by a commercial truck as he walked at night in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 84 about two miles east of Baker City. The victim's name, who is believed to be a transient, hasn't been released yet pending next of kin notification. Investigated by OSP LaGrande office.
* On Sunday, May 30th, a single vehicle traffic crash was discovered off Highway 211 southwest of Colton that resulted in the death of an 18-year old Canby male driver. Investigated by OSP Portland office.
* On Sunday, May 30th, a head-on collision involving pickup and motorcycle on Highway 30 east of Astoria resulted in the death of the 35-year old motorcyclist from Rainier and the arrest of a 44-year old southeast Portland man on numerous charges including Manslaughter in the First Degree and DUII. Investigated by OSP Astoria office.
* On Monday, May 31st, a 52-year old male pedestrian was struck by a vehicle on Highway 199 in the Grants Pass area.  Investigated by Grants Pass Department of Public Safety.
 
Preliminary OSP enforcement statistics for this year's Memorial Day holiday period noted troopers arrested 73 DUII drivers, down from the previous two years when troopers arrested 88 DUII drivers in 2009 and 79 in 2008. OSP offices reporting four or more DUII arrests were:
 
* Portland Area Command - 8 DUII arrests
* Central Point Area Command – 8 DUII arrests
* Tualatin Work Site – 7 DUII arrests
* The Dalles Area Command – 6 DUII arrests
* Springfield Area Command - 5 DUII arrests
* Salem Area Command – 5 DUII arrests
* Bend Area Command - 4 DUII arrests
* Roseburg Area Command – 4 DUII arrests
 
Questions regarding your local OSP or other law enforcementg agency enforcement activities should be directed to those OSP offices or other agencies.
 

Increased patrols and participation in traffic safety enforcement campaigns by OSP, county sheriff offices and city police departments will continue through June 6th as part of the ongoing national "Click It or Ticket" campaign.
 
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