The following is a synopsis of the fatality experience during the 48 hour Christmas holiday period which began at 00:01 hours, Wednesday, December 24th, 2003, and ended at midnight, Thursday, December 25th, 2003.
The preliminary traffic fatality total stands at 10, which equates to 1 death every 2 hours and 24 minutes.
- The 10 deaths occurred in 9 separate traffic crashes.
- 6 fatalities (or 60%) occurred during the hours of darkness.
- 2 of the fatal traffic crashes (or 22%) were known to be alcohol-related; 5 (or 56%) remain listed as unknown; with 2 (or 22%) presently classified as not alcohol related.
- Of the 10 deaths, 3 (or 30%) were pedestrians. No motorcyclist fatalities were reported.
- 2 (or 22%) of the fatal traffic crashes occurred during inclement weather.
- Of the 7 drivers and passengers killed in vehicles equipped with safety belts, 4 (or 57%) were not using their belts.
- Of the 9 fatal traffic crashes, 8 (or 89%) were investigated by FHP.
- Of the 9 fatal traffic crashes, 2 (or 22%) occurred in urban areas; with the remaining 7 (or 78%) occurring in rural areas.
The fatalities occurred as follows: