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OSP: Thanksgiving Reporting Statistics
Oregon State Police information indicates that two people died in traffic crashes during this years Thanksgiving holiday period between 6pm, November 27th, and 11:59pm, December 1st. OSP troopers partnered with Washington State Patrol and California Highway Patrol over the holiday period during an enhanced joint traffic safety effort called the “I-5 Challenge” to promote driving safety and prevent fatal crashes on Interstate 5.
According to ODOT’s Fatality Analysis & Reporting System, the following two fatal crashes were confirmed during the holiday reporting period:
* On Thursday, November 28th, a 25-year-old woman died in a two-vehicle collision on Highway 20 south of Lebanon in Linn County. OSP is the lead investigating agency and alcohol is being investigated as a contributing factor.
* On Sunday, December 1st, a 26-year-old woman died in a two-vehicle collision on Orient Drive near Salquist Road in Gresham. Gresham Police Department is the lead investigating agency.
Last year, two people died in 2 separate fatal traffic crashes in Oregon during the holiday period. Three people died during each of the 2011 and 2010 Thanksgiving Holiday reporting periods.
OSP troopers responded to over 120 traffic crashes, of which 7 involved a DUI driver. Approximately a quarter of the reported crashes occurred on I-5. OSP troopers reported 50 DUI arrests, slightly up from 47 DUI arrests reported last year. Twelve of the OSP DUI arrests occurred on I-5.
OSP offices reporting 3 or more DUI arrests were:
* Salem Area Command office – 8 DUI arrests
* Portland Area Command office – 7 DUI arrests
* Albany Area Command office – 6 DUI arrests
* Bend Area Command office – 6 DUI arrests
* Springfield Area Command office – 6 DUI arrests
* Ontario Area Command office – 3 DUI arrests
In addition to DUI arrests, preliminary information reported by OSP troopers statewide included:
* More than 3,700 traffic-related contacts
* Over 1,100 citations and 1,400 warnings
* Nearly 900 citations and 920 warnings for speed-related violations
OSP urges everyone to remember that December is “3D Month” in recognition of “Drinking and Drugged Driving Awareness Month,” and that more statewide and national efforts will be aimed at reducing impaired driving during the holidays and into the New Year.