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Memorial Day traffic accident deaths rise over last year

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PRELIMINARY STATISTICS FOR MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY WEEKEND PERIOD
Posted: May 28th

Preliminary statistics in Oregon for the 2013 Memorial Day holiday weekend period noted an increase in traffic fatalities in comparison to last year’s holiday weekend total. This year’s 78-hour holiday reporting period began at 6:00 p.m., Friday, May 24, concluding May 27 at 11:59 p.m.

According to ODOT’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System, six people died in 5 separate fatal 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.

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The following is a brief review of Oregon’s confirmed fatal crashes during this year’s holiday period:

* On Saturday, May 25, at approximately 2:36 a.m., a 24-year old male pedestrian from Springfield was struck and killed by a passenger car at the intersection of Highway 126 Expressway and 52nd Street in Springfield. The car’s driver was arrested for Manslaughter in the First Degree, DUII, and Reckless Driving.

* On Saturday, May 25, at approximately 6:45 a.m., a 22-year old Eugene man died after losing control of a motorcycle at a high rate of speed along US Forest Service Road 18 east of Fall Creek Reservoir.

* On Saturday, May 25, at approximately 3:57 p.m., a 32-year old Hermiston man died in a two-vehicle rollover crash on Hat Rock Road near Highway 730.

* On Sunday, May 26, at approximately 2:19 a.m., three vehicles were involved in a serious injury crash at SE 20th Avenue and SE Madison Street in Portland. Several people were injured including a 28-year old male who reportedly died Monday night at a Portland-area hospital. A 26-year old man was subsequently arrested for several charges including DUII, Hit & Run, and Reckless Driving, with additional charges pending. Another involved driver was also cited for DUII.

* On Sunday, May 26, at approximately 3:24 p.m., a 24-year old Portland woman and 29-year old Beaverton man died after their vehicle failed to stop at a stop sign and were involved in a collision with another vehicle at the intersection of SE Simpson Road and SW Hillsboro Highway.

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Preliminary DUII arrest statistics for Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers during the holiday period indicates 48 drivers were arrested. Last year, OSP troopers reported 64 DUII arrests. OSP offices reporting three or more DUII arrests were:

* Springfield Area Command office – 8 DUII arrests
* Bend Area Command office – 5 DUII arrests
* Portland Area Command office – 5 DUII arrests
* Astoria Area Command office – 4 DUII arrests
* Salem Area Command office – 3 DUII arrests
* Albany Area Command office – 3 DUII arrests
* The Dalles Area Command office – 3 DUII arrests
* Roseburg Area Command office – 3 DUII arrests
* Central Point Area Command office – 3 DUII arrests

OSP reminds drivers that State, county and local police agencies are continuing increased enforcement efforts as part of the “Click It or Ticket” mobilization through June 2. Law enforcement officers are stepping up efforts to encourage vehicle occupants to buckle up, keep impaired drivers off the road, and deter distracted and other dangerous driving.

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