Preliminary information indicates one person died in a fatal traffic crash on Oregon roadways during the 2013 Labor Day holiday 78-hour period which started at 6 p.m., Friday and concluded 11:59 p.m., Monday.

This year’s single fatal crash occurred Saturday at about 6:19 p.m. on Highway 224 west of Barton in Clackamas County. A 41-year old Oregon City woman died after her motorcycle left the road and struck a tree.

According to the Oregon Department of Transportation’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System:

  • This year’s single fatality is the fewest traffic deaths in the past 11 years during the Labor Day holiday period. The last holiday period when a single fatality was recorded was during the 2002 holiday period.

  • Since 1970, Oregon has not had a fatal-free Labor Day holiday period. Single fatalities were previously recorded in 1999, 2001, and 2002.

  • The highest number of fatalities for this holiday period occurred in 1978 when 17 people died in Oregon traffic crashes.

  • Since 1970, more than 290 people have died in Oregon traffic crashes during Labor Day holiday periods.

  • The Labor Day holiday period is the second deadliest major holiday period for highway travelers in Oregon.

    During the holiday period, Oregon State Police troopers, along with county deputies and city police officers, were stepping up enforcement as part of the national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” traffic safety effort. OSP troopers reported 54 DUII arrests, slightly more than 51 arrests reported last year.

    OSP troopers also arrested 21 people during traffic and other contacts on outstanding arrest warrants.

    Note: DUII arrest statistics for other law enforcement agencies are not gathered by OSP.

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