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Major Ernesto Duarte
Florida Highway Patrol

For Release May 31, 2005:

Twenty-four people were killed in crashes investigated by Florida Highway Patrol troopers over the four-day Memorial Day holiday driving period, May 27-30, 2005.

During this period, troopers charged 146 people with driving under the influence; issued 8,003 speeding citations; and assisted 2,863 motorists on Florida’s highways.

During the All-American Buckle-up Week (May 24-May 31), FHP troopers cited 4,600 people for not wearing seat belts and issued citations to 110 motorists for not securing children in safety seats.

The Florida Highway Patrol again participated in Operation C.A.R.E. (Combined Accident Reduction Effort), a national program aimed at reducing the number of traffic crashes on interstate highways during holiday weekends. There were 873 collisions on Florida’s interstates during the official holiday driving period (Friday, May 27, through Monday, May 30). Of those, 37 were classified as alcohol-related.

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

  • The 24 deaths occurred in 22 separate traffic crashes.
  • 11 fatalities (or 46%) occurred during the hours of darkness.
  • 1 of the fatal traffic crashes (or 4%) was known to be alcohol-related; 13 (or 59%) remain listed as unknown; with 8 (or 36%) presently classified as not alcohol related.
  • Of the 24 deaths, 4 (or 17%) were pedestrians; and 4 (or 17%) were motorcyclists.
  • 1 of the motorcyclists (or 25 %) was known to be wearing a helmet.
  • 47% of those killed in vehicles normally equipped with safety belts were not wearing their belts.

MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY FATALITIES – 2005 Preliminary Statistics

Date Fatality County Alcohol Related Restraints
5/27/05 Driver Santa Rosa Pending Yes
5/27/05 * Driver Sarasota Pending No
5/27/05 * Driver Sarasota Pending Yes
5/27/05 Passenger Manatee No Yes
5/27/05 Passenger Manatee No Yes
5/27/05 Motorcyclist St. Johns No Helmet/Yes
5/27/05 Driver Volusia No No
5/27/05 Motorcyclist St. Lucie Pending Helmet/No
5/27/05 Motorcyclist Martin Pending Unk
5/28/05 Pedestrian Escambia Pending N/A
5/28/05 Pedestrian Alachua Yes N/A
5/29/05 Driver Marion Pending No
5/29/05 Pedestrian Marion No Yes
5/29/05 * Driver Alachua No Yes
5/29/05 * Passenger Alachua No No
5/29/05 Driver Monroe Pending Yes
5/29/05 Driver Charlotte No Yes
5/29/05 Driver Volusia No No
5/29/05 Driver Lake Pending No
5/29/05 Motorcyclist Volusia Pending Helmet/No
5/30/05 Driver Hernando Pending No
5/30/05 Driver Miami-Dade No Yes
5/30/05 Pedestrian Lee Pending N/A
5/30/05 Driver Orange Pending Unk


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