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OSP: Increased Fatalities During Holiday Weekend
Oregon State Police report that statistics for the Memorial Day holiday weekend period saw an increase in traffic fatalities in comparison to last year’s holiday weekend. This year’s 78-hour holiday reporting period began at 6pm on Friday, May 24th, and concluded May 27th just before Midnight.
According to ODOT, six people died in 5 separate traffic crashes in Oregon during this year’s reporting period. Three people died last year, and a total of 64 people have died in Oregon traffic crashes during this holiday period since 2000. The highest number reported was in 1979 when thirteen people were killed. Since 1970, an average of six traffic fatalities are reported each Memorial Day Holiday period in Oregon traffic crashes.
OSP reminds drivers that state-wide police agencies are continuing increased enforcement efforts as part of the “Click It or Ticket” mobilization through June 2nd. Officers are stepping up efforts to encourage drivers and passengers to buckle up, keep impaired drivers off the road, and deter distracted and other dangerous driving.