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PRELIMINARY FATALITY REPORT FOR
NEW YEAR HOLIDAY, 2006

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Major Ernesto Duarte
Florida Highway Patrol

For Release January 3, 2006:

The following is a synopsis of the fatality count during the 72-hour New Year holiday period, which began at 00:01 hours, Saturday, December 31st, 2005, and ended at midnight, Monday, January 2nd, 2006.

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 17.

  • The 17 deaths occurred in 17 separate traffic crashes.
  • 13 fatalities (or 76%) occurred during the hours of darkness.
  • None of the fatal traffic crashes were known to be alcohol-related; 10 (or 59%) remain listed as pending; with 7 (or 41%) presently classified as not alcohol related.
  • Of the 17 deaths, 4 (or 24 %) were pedestrians; and 4 (or 24%) were motorcyclists.
  • 3 of the motorcyclists (or 75 %) were known to be wearing helmets.
  • 67% of those killed in the 9 vehicles normally equipped with safety belts were not wearing their belts.

DateTroopCountyFatalityAlcohol RelatedRestraints
01/02/06ACalhounDriverPendingNo
12/31/05BColumbia PassengerPendingNo
12/31/05BLevyDriverPendingNo
12/31/05BMarionMotorcyclist/ DriverPending Helmet/Yes
01/02/06BSuwanneeDriverPendingYes
01/02/06BPutnamDriverNoNo
01/01/06CHillsboroughDriverPendingNo
01/02/06CPascoPedestrianPendingN/A
12/31/05CPinellasPedestrianPendingN/A
01/02/06CPinellasMotorcyclist/ DriverNoHelmet/Yes
12/31/05DOrangeMotorcyclist/ DriverNoHelmet/Yes
01/01/06EMonroDriverPending Yes
12/31/05FManateeMotorcyclist/ DriverNoHelmet/No
12/31/05GDuvalPassengerPendingNo
01/01/06HTaylorPedestrianNoN/A
01/01/06LMartinPassengerNoYes
12/31/05LPalm BeachPedestrianNoN/A
     * - MULTIPLE FATAL CRASH

 


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