OSP: 1 Fatality on the Roads in Oregon over Labor Day Weekend
NBCRightNow.com - According to the Oregon State Police, only one person died in a traffic accident on the roads in Oregon over the Labor Day weekend.
This year's single fatality is the fewest number of traffic deaths in the past 11 years over the Labor Day holiday period. The last holiday period when a single fatality was recorded was in 2002.
This year's single fatal crash occurred at 6:19 p.m. on Saturday, August 31st. State troopers say a 41-year-old Oregon City woman died after the motorcycle she was driving traveled off the highway and struck a tree along Highway 224 near milepost 11 west of Barton in Clackamas County.
Oregon has not had a fatal-free Labor Day holiday period since 1970; more than 290 people have died on the roads since then.
OSP troopers did arrest more drivers for DUII than last year, though. In total, OSP says they arrested 54 drivers; up from 51 last year. Troopers also arrested 21 people during traffic and other contacts on outstanding arrest warrants.
The Labor Day holiday period is the second deadliest major holiday period for highway travelers in Oregon.