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Post Fourth of July Holiday Period Preliminary Statistics
07/07/2008
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247

Preliminary statistics indicates four people died in four separate fatal traffic crashes during the 78-hour Fourth of July holiday period in Oregon. The reporting period this year was from 6:00 p.m., Thursday, July 3rd, through 11:59 p.m., Sunday, July 6th.
 
Based upon confirmed information reported at this time from Oregon law enforcement agencies to ODOT's Fatality Analysis Reporting Unit (FARS), fatal traffic crashes occurred in Linn County (2 fatal crashes), Malheur County, and Coos County. Last year, 3 people died in three separate fatal crashes during a 30-hour reporting period. In 2005 and 2006 when there was a similar 78-hour reporting period, eight people died each year in Oregon fatal traffic crashes.
 
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers responded to approximately 100 traffic crashes, one of which was a fatal crash in Coos County. Troopers also reported 94 DUII arrests, issued nearly 1300 speed-related citations and over 100 failure to use safety restraint citations, and assisted 477 disabled motorists.
 
Troopers contacted at various OSP offices all reported obvious reductions in traffic volume during this year's Fourth of July holiday weekend.