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Fatal traffic crashes on the rise across Oregon

Oregon State Police Sgt. Kurt Marvin logs in information about a driver for exceeding the speed limit. The OSP wants to remind drivers to slow down and be aware out on the road as the best way to cut down on deadly crashes. (The Enterprise/Pat Caldwell)

ONTARIO – Just before noon on the last day of Labor Day weekend, Oregon State Police Lt. Mark Duncan was busier than expected on Interstate 84. 

Duncan, the Ontario OSP station commander, knew the interstate would be crowded on a holiday weekend, but the amount of traffic and the high speeds surprised the 20-year OSP veteran. 

Duncan issued his first speeding ticket for 90 mph. In quick succession after that, he wrote tickets to drivers going 89, 93 and 96 mph.

“It was a very heavy volume of traffic . . .