State Police cite 82 on I-5 at Ore. outlet mall

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The annual Thanksgiving night congestion along Interstate 5 at the Woodburn outlet stores brought seven Oregon State Police troopers and resulted in 82 citations.

The police said Friday more than half the citations were for cars stopped in the center lane -- drivers hoping to edge into the long line of traffic in the right lane waiting to make an exit to the stores.

With cars behind doing 65 mph in the center lane, says police Lt. Gregg Hastings, that makes for a dangerous situation.

Last year, the patrol issued 51 citations in the same period, between 8 p.m. and 2 a.m.

Hastings says traffic at mall exits could be heavy this weekend, especially at Woodburn as fans hit the road for the Civil War game Saturday.