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Post-Labor Day Holiday Weekend and OSP Enforcement Statistics
09/07/2010
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

Preliminary information indicates one person died on Oregon roadways during the 2010 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 August 20th, Oregon law enforcement agencies teamed together with others around the country as part of the national campaign, "Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest." that ran through the Labor Day Holiday weekend ending September 6th.
 
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. Last year, 2 people died in Oregon traffic crashes and the year before there were 11 traffic-related deaths. The highest number of traffic fatalities for this holiday period was in 1978 when there were 17 deaths.
 
According to FARS statistics, this the third time in the last 40 years that there has been only one fatality during the Labor Day Holiday period. This year's known fatality happened early Sunday morning when a 20-year old Forest Grove man was hit by another vehicle after the man had gotten out of the car he was riding in on Tualatin Valley Highway. The Washington County Sheriff's Office is the lead investigating agency.
 
Historically, the Labor Day Holiday weekend is the second deadliest major holiday weekend in Oregon. Alcohol is a known contributing factor in over half of holiday traffic fatalities. During this year's Labor Day Holiday weekend, OSP troopers reported 67 DUII arrests, slightly down from 72 arrests reported last year. The Springfield Area Command office made a quarter of the OSP arrests reporting 17 DUII arrests. Other OSP offices reporting 3 or more DUII arrests were:
  • Tualatin Work Site – 7
  • Portland Area Command - 6
  • Coos Bay Area Command – 3
  • Grants Pass Work Site – 3
  • Albany Area Command – 3
  • Lakeview Work Site – 3
  • The Dalles Area Command - 3
 
In addition to increased DUII enforcement efforts, OSP troopers worked with several county and city agencies targeting hazardous traffic violations. During the holiday weekend, preliminary enforcement statistics for OSP troopers show nearly 1,100 speed-related citations, more than 200 safety restraint citations and warnings, and 397 disabled motorists assisted. Troopers also responded to nearly 100 traffic crashes on Oregon freeways and secondary state highways, none of which were fatalities.