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PRELIMINARY FATALITY REPORT FOR
CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY, 2005

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Major Ernesto Duarte
Florida Highway Patrol

For Release December 28, 2005:

The following is a synopsis of the fatality experience during the 72-hour Christmas holiday period, which began at 00:01 hours, Saturday, December 24th, 2005, and ended at midnight, Monday, December 26th, 2005.

The statistical information provided below represents preliminary figures and covers only those crashes investigated by the Florida Highway Patrol.

The preliminary traffic fatality total stands at 19.

  • The 19 deaths occurred in 16 separate traffic crashes.
  • 14 fatalities (or 74%) occurred during the hours of darkness.
  • 5 of the fatal traffic crashes (or 31%) were known to be alcohol-related; 7 (or 44%) remain listed as pending; with 4 (or 25%) presently classified as not alcohol related.
  • Of the 19 deaths, 3 (or 16 %) were pedestrians; and 5 (or 26%) were motorcyclists.
  • 2 of the motorcyclists (or 40 %) were known to be wearing helmets.
  • 27% of those killed in the 11 vehicles normally equipped with safety belts were not wearing their belts.

DateTroopCountyFatalityAlcohol RelatedRestraints
12/26/05FHardeePassengerPendingYes
12/24/05CPinellasMotorcyclist/ DriverYesHelmet/No
12/25/05CPascoPedestrianYesN/A
12/25/05 CSumterDriverNoYes
12/25/05CPascoMotorcyclist/ DriverPending Helmet/No
12/26/05CPolkPedestrianNo N/A
12/24/05BMarionMotorcyclist/ DriverPendingHelmet/No
12/25/05GDuvalMotorcyclist/ DriverPendingHelmet/Yes
12/25/05GSt. JohnsDriverYesYes
12/26/05GBakerDriverPendingNo
12/24/05H*MadisonDriverYesNo
12/24/05H*MadisonDriverYesYes
12/24/05H*MadisonPassengerYesYes
12/24/05H*MadisonPassengerYes Yes
12/24/05HJeffersonDriverPendingNo
12/24/05ABayPassengerNoYes
12/26/05DLakePedestrianNoN/A
12/25/05DVolusiaMotorcyclist/ DriverPendingHelmet/Yes
12/26/05KLakeDriverYesYes
     * - MULTIPLE FATAL CRASH

 


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