No holiday from road carnage and unsafe, illegal driving in Oregon

The Oregon State Police has posted the results from a focused enforcement mission over the Thanksgiving holiday. The numbers reflect a sad reality of how common unsafe and illegal driving is on our roads.

Check out these traffic collision, injury and citation stats from Wednesday (11/27) afternoon through Sunday night (just three and-a-half days!):

  • On Thursday, November 28, at approximately 1:00 a.m., 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 1, at approximately 7:09 a.m., a 26-year old woman died in a two-vehicle collision on SE Orient Drive near SE Salquist Road in Gresham in Multnomah County. Gresham Police Department is the lead investigating agency.
  • OSP troopers responded to over 120 traffic crashes, of which 7 involved a DUII driver. Approximately a quarter of the reported crashes occurred on I-5 (29 non-injury crashes / 5 injury crashes).
  • OSP troopers reported 50 DUII arrests, slightly up from 47 DUII arrests reported last year. Twelve of the OSP DUII arrests occurred on I-5.
  • Over 1,100 citations and 1,400 warnings
  • Nearly 900 citations and 920 warnings for speed-related violations

Beyond the loss of lives, injuries, and other trauma these numbers represent, consider the massive amount of resources our state spends just dealing with this stuff.

Next time the topic of funding comes up, let’s remember these hidden costs.

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