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

(Note: This is the confirmed reported fatality statistic for the 102-hour holiday period, the longest major holiday period of the year, and may change if other information is received later by other Oregon law enforcement agencies. This year's Thanksgiving holiday reporting period started 6:00 p.m., November 24, and concluded at 11:59 p.m., November 28.)

Preliminary information indicates icy roadways were a factor in Oregon's reported fatal traffic crashes during the 2010 Thanksgiving holiday period. Three people died in three separate fatal traffic crashes, a slight increase from 2009 and 2008 holiday periods when two people died. Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers reported responding to over 300 traffic crashes, nearly 2 1/2 times the number reported during last year's Thanksgiving holiday period.
ODOT's Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) confirmed reports for the following three fatal traffic crashes, all single vehicle crashes occurring Sunday in eastern Oregon, that were covered by OSP troopers during the Thanksgiving holiday period:
  • On November 28 at approximately 3:30 a.m. a 36-year old woman died and a man was injured after the pickup she was driving lost control on Highway 395 near Pilot Rock, struck a rock / dirt embankment and overturned onto its top.
  • On November 28 at approximately 9:30 a.m. a 53-year old man died and a woman was injured after the pickup he was driving started to slide on Highway 95 south of Burns Junction. The pickup traveled off the roadway and rolled several times before coming to rest about 50 feet off the highway.
  • On November 28 at approximately 3:10 p.m. a 35-year old male passenger died and four others were injured after their sport utility vehicle slid off Highway 20 near Juntura, traveled down an embankment and struck a tree.
OSP troopers also reported 47 DUII arrests, down from 53 arrests reported last year. The OSP Springfield Area Command office again reported the highest number with 8 DUII arrests. Other OSP offices reporting at least 3 DUII arrests were Astoria Area Command (3), Coos Bay Area Command (3), Klamath Falls Area Command (3), Newport Area Command (3), and Roseburg Area Command (3).
Troopers also reported over 3,300 traffic-related enforcement contacts and assisted nearly 550 disabled motorists.
Questions regarding local OSP enforcement efforts should be directed to the local office. Questions regarding other law enforcement agency efforts should be directed to those agencies.