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Preliminary Post-Thanksgiving 2011 Holiday Reporting Period Statistics
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

Preliminary information indicates three people died in 3 separate fatal traffic crashes in Oregon during the 2011 Thanksgiving holiday reporting period between 6:00 p.m., November 23, and 11:59 p.m., November 27. Two of the three victims were known not to be using safety restraints which were a focus of the "Click It or Ticket" national enforcement campaign during the holiday period.
The following three fatal traffic crashes were reported occurring during the Thanksgiving holiday period:
  • On Thursday, November 24, at approximately 1:30 p.m. a 37-year old Albany woman died along Interstate 5 near milepost 224 when her southbound sport utility vehicle collided into the rear of another vehicle, traveled into the center median, rolled and came to rest on its wheels in the northbound lanes. She was not using safety restraints. Oregon State Police is continuing the investigation.
  • On Friday, November 25, at approximately 7:06 a.m. a 26-year old woman died in a three vehicle traffic crash at the intersection of NE Columbia Boulevard and NE 47th Avenue. Portland Police Bureau is continuing the investigation. Safety restraint use information was not available for this news release.
  • On Saturday, November 26, at approximately 6:30 a.m. a 38-year old Nampa, Idaho man was found deceased by an off-duty fire chief outside of an overturned pickup off Highway 86 south of Halfway. The victim was not using safety restraints. Oregon State Police is continuing the investigation.
Three people died during last year's Thanksgiving holiday reporting period. Since 1970, more than 235 people have died on Oregon roads during this holiday period, an average of nearly 6 fatalities each year.
Oregon State Police troopers reported an increase in the number of DUII arrests compared with the total arrested during last year's Thanksgiving holiday period. Troopers arrested 72 DUII drivers this year, an increase of 65 percent over last year's total of 47 arrests. Two years ago, troopers reported 53 DUII arrests.
Oregon State Police offices reported 3 or more DUII arrests were:
  • Portland Area Command office - 9 DUII arrests
  • Springfield Area Command office - 9 DUII arrests
  • Astoria Area Command office - 8 DUII arrests
  • Central Point Area Command office - 8 DUII arrests
  • Albany Area Command office - 7 DUII arrests
  • Bend Area Command office - 5 DUII arrests
  • St. Helens work site - 4 DUII arrests
  • Salem Area Command office - 4 DUII arrests
  • McMinnville Area Command office - 3 DUII arrests
  • Florence work site - 3 DUII arrests
Questions regarding local OSP enforcement efforts during the holiday weekend should be directed to that local office.