The following is a synopsis of the fatality experience during the 48 hour New Year's holiday period which began at 00:01 hours, Wednesday, December 31st, 2003, and ended at midnight, Thursday, January 1st, 2004.
The preliminary traffic fatality total stands at 15, which equates to 1 death every 3 hours and 12 minutes.
- The 15 deaths occurred in 13 separate traffic crashes.
- 9 fatalities (or 60%) occurred during the hours of darkness.
- 2 of the fatal traffic crashes (or 15%) were known to be alcohol-related; 9 (or 69%) remain listed as unknown; with 2 (or 15%) presently classified as not alcohol related.
- Of the 15 deaths, 1 (or 7%) was a pedestrian; 2 (or 13%) were motorcyclists; and 1 (or 7%) was a bicyclist
- None of the fatal traffic crashes occurred during inclement weather.
- Of the 11 drivers and passengers killed in vehicles equipped with safety belts, 7 (or 64%) were not using their belts.
- Of the 13 fatal traffic crashes, 12(or 92%) were investigated by FHP.
- Of the 13 fatal traffic crashes, 5 (or 38%) occurred in urban areas; with the remaining 8 (or 62%) occurring in rural areas.
The fatalities occurred as follows: