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2002 CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY TRAFFIC FATALITIES

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The following is a synopsis of the fatality experience during the Christmas Holiday period which began at 12:01 a.m., Tuesday, December 24th, 2002, and ended at midnight, Wednesday, December 25th, 2002.

  FATAL CRASHES FATALITIES
Rural 12 13
Urban 5 6
Total 17 19


ALCOHOL-RELATED FATAL CRASHES AND FATALITIES
 
Alcohol-related Fatal Crashes  3
Alcohol-related Fatalities  3


FATALITIES BY TYPE OF PERSON
 
Drivers 10
Passengers  4
Pedestrians  4
Bicyclists  1
  TOTAL 19


FATAL CRASHES BY DAY OF WEEK
 
Tuesday 10
Wednesday  7
  TOTAL 17


CONTRIBUTING CAUSES IN FATAL CRASHES
 
Careless Driving  6
Failed to Yield Right of Way  2
Exceeded Safe Speed Limit  1
Alcohol & Drugs - Under Influence  1
Alcohol - Under Influence  1
Driving Wrong Side/Way  1
All Other  5
  TOTAL 17


During this time period, there were 19 people killed in 17 fatal traffic crashes.

3 (16%) of the people killed were under 21 years of age;
10 (53%) of the people killed were drivers;
4 (21%) of the people killed were passengers;
4 (21%) of the people killed were pedestrians;
1 (5%) of the people killed was a bicyclist;
9 (69%) of the 13 drivers and passengers killed in vehicles normally equipped with safety belts were not using their belts;
3 (16%) of the traffic deaths were alcohol-related;
3 (18%) of the fatal traffic crashes were alcohol-related;
9 (53%) of the fatal traffic crashes occurred after dark;
9 (53%) of the fatal traffic crashes occurred during clear weather;
10 (59%) of the fatal traffic crashes occurred on straight and level highways; and
11 (65%) of the fatal traffic crashes occurred on state roads.

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