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Major Ernesto Duarte
Florida Highway Patrol

For Release November 28, 2005:

Thirty-seven people were killed in crashes investigated by Florida Highway Patrol troopers over the five-day Thanksgiving holiday driving period, which began on Wednesday, November 23, and extended through Sunday, November 27, 2005.

During this period, troopers arrested 88 people for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (D.U.I.); issued 7,368 citations for unlawful speed violations; issued 1,586 citations for safety belt violations; and assisted 3,587 motorists on Florida’s highways.

The following statistics are preliminary and cover only those crashes investigated by the Florida Highway Patrol.

  • The 37 deaths occurred in 29 separate traffic crashes.
  • 23 fatalities (or 62%) occurred during the hours of darkness.
  • 3 of the fatal traffic crashes (or 10 %) were known to be alcohol-related; 16 (or 55%) remain listed as pending; with 10 (or 34 %) presently classified as not alcohol related.
  • Of the 37 deaths, 8 (or 22 %) were pedestrians; 2 (or 7 %) were bicyclists; and 1 (or 3%) was a motorcyclist.
  • The motorcyclist was known to be wearing a helmet.
  • 76% of those killed in vehicles normally equipped with safety belts were not wearing their belts.
Date Troop County Fatality Alcohol Related Restraints
11/25/05 A *Escambia Driver Pending No
11/25/05 A *Escambia Passenger Pending No
11/26/05 A Escambia Motorcycle/Driver Pending Yes-Helmet
11/23/05 B Hamilton Driver Pending No
11/24/05 B *Columbia Driver Pending No
11/24/05 B *Columbia Passenger Pending Yes
11/23/05 C Pinellas Pedal Cyclist No N/A
11/24/05 C Pasco Driver No No
11/25/05 C Pinellas Pedestrian No N/A
11/26/05 C Hillsborough Passenger Pending No
11/26/05 C Pasco Pedestrian Pending N/A
11/27/05 C Pasco Driver Pending No
11/23/05 D Volusia Pedestrian(Skateboard) No N/A
11/24/05 D Orange Driver No No
11/24/05 D Volusia Pedestrian Pending N/A
11/24/05 D Volusia Driver Pending No
11/25/05 D Volusia Pedestrian Pending N/A
11/26/05 D Osceola Pedal Cyclist No N/A
11/26/05 D Osceola Driver Pending No
11/27/05 D *Lake Driver Pending No
11/27/05 D *Lake Passenger Pending Yes
11/23/05 E *Miami-Dade Driver No Yes
11/23/05 E *Miami-Dade Passenger No Yes
11/23/05 F Highlands Pedestrian Pending N/A
11/24/05 F *Manatee Driver No No
11/24/05 F *Manatee Passenger No No
11/24/05 F DeSoto Driver No No
11/24/05 F Manatee Pedestrian Yes N/A
11/26/05 F Charlotte Pedestrian Pending N/A
11/27/05 G *Flagler Passenger Yes No
11/27/05 G *Flagler Driver Yes No
11/25/05 H Gadsden Driver Yes No
11/23/05 L *Indian River Driver Pending Yes
11/23/05 L *Indian River Passenger Pending Yes
11/23/05 L *Indian River Passenger(Unborn) Pending N/A
11/23/05 L Indian River Passenger No No
11/26/05 L Broward Driver Pending No


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