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Preliminary Post Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend Statistics
12/01/2008
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247

Preliminary information indicates Thanksgiving holiday period fatalities were down this year to the lowest reported level since 1999 as two people were reported killed in traffic-related crashes on Oregon highways. Last year, four people were killed in four separate crashes.

 
According to Oregon Department of Transportation Crash Analysis and Reporting Unit, Oregon police agencies have reported two fatalities from 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 26th, through 11:59 p.m., Sunday, November 30th. Both fatalities were on Interstate 5, the first happening Thursday night near milepost 278 and the second Sunday night in the Portland area.
 
There has never been a zero fatality year for this holiday period since 1970 when ODOT began tracking holiday fatality statistics. The highest number of reported traffic fatalities for this holiday period occurred both in 1973 and 1996 when there were 11 fatalities.

 
Please note this number may change based upon information learned later from other Oregon law enforcement agencies. At this time this is the confirmed reported number for the 102-hour holiday period, the longest major holiday period of the year.

 
Preliminary reported information indicates OSP troopers arrested 53 DUII drivers. The OSP Portland Area Command office reported the highest number with 10 DUII arrests followed by the Salem Area Command (9), Klamath Falls Area Command (7), and Central Point Area Command (6).
 
Last year OSP troopers reported 61 DUII arrests which was slightly down from 68 reported DUII arrests for the 2006 Thanksgiving holiday period.

 
Other OSP statistical information including speed-related citations, reported traffic crashes responded to by troopers, and disabled motorists assisted may be available later.