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Major Ernesto Duarte
Florida Highway Patrol

For Release July 5, 2005:

Twenty-one people were killed in crashes investigated by Florida Highway Patrol troopers over the four-day July 4th holiday driving period, July 1-4, 2005.

During this period, troopers charged 157 people with driving under the influence; issued 7,109 speeding citations; issued 1,477 seatbelt and child restraint citations; and assisted 3,055 motorists on Florida’s highways.

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

  • The 21 deaths occurred in 21separate traffic crashes.
  • 4 fatalities (or 19%) occurred during the hours of darkness.
  • 3 of the fatal traffic crashes (or 14%) were known to be alcohol-related; 7 (or 33%) remain listed as unknown; with 11 (or 52%) presently classified as not alcohol related.
  • Of the 21 deaths, 1 (or 5%) was a pedestrian; and 3 (or 14%) were motorcyclists.
  • 1 of the motorcyclists (or 33 %) was known to be wearing a helmet.
  • 53% of those killed in vehicles normally equipped with safety belts were not wearing their belts.
Date Troop County Fatality Alcohol Related Restraints
7/3/05 A Santa Rosa Motorcyclist/Driver Pending Helmet/Unknown
7/2/05 B Suwanee Passenger No Unknown
7/2/05 B Suwanee Passenger Pending Yes
7/4/05 B Alachua Passenger No No
7/2/05 C Hillsborough Passenger No No
7/4/05 C Pasco Passenger No Yes
7/4/05 C Pasco Driver No Yes
7/4/05 C Citrus Motorcyclist/Driver Pending Helmet/Yes
7/1/05 D Orange Driver Yes No
7/1/05 D Brevard Driver Pending No
7/1/05 D Orange Pedestrian No N/A
7/2/05 D Brevard Driver No No
7/3/05 D Volusia Driver No Yes
7/3/05 E Miami-Dade Driver No No
7/3/05 E Monroe Driver Yes Yes
7/3/05 F Lee Passenger No No
7/2/05 F Charlotte Driver Pending No
7/3/05 F Hardee Passenger Pending No
7/2/05 G St. Johns Driver Pending Yes
7/1/05 K Broward Driver Yes Yes
7/3/05 L Broward Motorcyclist/Driver No Helmet/Unknown


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