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Preliminary Post-Labor Day Holiday Weekend Statistics
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

Preliminary information indicates three people died on Oregon roadways during the 2011 Labor Day holiday 78-hour period as Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers, along with county deputies and city officers, wrapped up an extended national DUII and traffic safety enforcement effort.

Since 1970, ODOT's Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) has been tracking major holiday traffic fatality statistics. According to those numbers, an average of 7 people die each year during the 78-hour Labor Day Holiday extended weekend which historically is the second deadliest major holiday of the year.
Between 6:00 p.m. Friday, September 2, and 11:59 p.m. Monday, September 5, two fatal traffic crashes occurred on Oregon roads resulting the death of 3 people. A traffic crash on Friday in Linn County happened before the start of the official reporting period. The following is a brief review of the two known fatal traffic crashes during the 78-hour reporting period:
  • On Friday, September 2, at approximately 6:00 p.m. two people died in a motorcycle-involved traffic crash near the 15900 block of Springwater Road in Clackamas County. Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is the lead investigating agency.
  • On Monday morning, September 5, at approximately 5:50 a.m. a citizen reported spotting a pickup over 400 feet down a steep hillside along Highway 216 west of Grass Valley. An adult male was found deceased in the wreckage of the crash believed to have happened September 4 or during the early morning hours of September 5. Oregon State Police is the lead investigating agency.
Last year, one person died in Oregon traffic crashes and the year before there were 2 traffic-related deaths. The highest number of traffic fatalities for this holiday period was in 1978 when there were 17 deaths.
Impaired driving is a major factor in holiday-related traffic crashes and alcohol is a known contributing factor in over half of holiday traffic fatalities. During this year's Labor Day Holiday weekend, OSP troopers reported 70 DUII arrests, slightly up from 67 arrests reported last year. OSP offices and work sites reporting 3 or more DUII arrests were:
  • Central Point Area Command - 9
  • Portland Area Command - 8
  • Springfield Area Command - 7
  • Salem Area Command - 5
  • Bend Area Command - 5
  • Klamath Falls Area Command - 5
  • Albany Area Command - 4
  • The Dalles Area Command - 3
  • Coos Bay Area Command - 3
  • St. Helens Work Site - 3

Questions regarding local OSP holiday weekend activity should be directed to that local office.