WOODBURN, Ore. -- Troopers issued 82 citations and 48 warnings along Interstate 5 near the Woodburn Company Stores leading up to the the Moonlight Madness Black Friday sale.
Oregon State Police expected heavy traffic Thanksgiving night for the annual sale, so extra troopers were assigned to patrol the area from 8 p.m. until 2 a.m. Friday.
During the six-hour period OSP reported one DUII arrest, three reckless endangerment citations, three driving while suspended citations and 58 citations for illegal stopping or standing on I-5, according to Lt. Gregg Hastings.
Hastings said the illegal stop citations were mainly issued to drivers who attempted to avoid backups in the right lane by driving to the front of the line and stopping in the two left lanes with their turn signals on.
It's extremely dangerous for drivers moving at freeway speeds to suddenly come across a vehicle stopped in the left lanes of the roadway, he told KGW Friday morning.
OSP had issued a press release Wednesday warning drivers that they would be ticketed for that specific offense. The Oregon Dept. of Transportation predicted that traffic would be backed up for five miles leading up to the sale, and said drivers should consider alternate routes.
Four vehicles were involved in a crash at the southbound exit to Woodburn at 7 p.m., an hour before the increased patrols even began.
One citation was issued for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana.