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Major Ernesto Duarte
Florida Highway Patrol

For Release September 6, 2005:

Twenty-five people were killed in crashes investigated by Florida Highway Patrol troopers over the four-day Labor Day holiday driving period, which was from September 2 through September 5, 2005.

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

  • The 25 deaths occurred in 23 separate traffic crashes.
  • 10 fatalities (or 40%) occurred during the hours of darkness.
  • 5 of the fatal traffic crashes (or 22 %) were known to be alcohol-related; 16 (or 70%) remain listed as pending; with 2 (or 9 %) presently classified as not alcohol related.
  • Of the 25 deaths, 7 (or 28 %) were pedestrians; and 7 (or 28%) were motorcyclists.
  • 4 of the motorcyclists (or 57 %) were known to be wearing helmets.
  • 27% of those killed in vehicles normally equipped with safety belts were not wearing their belts.
Date Troop County Fatality Alcohol Related Restraints
9/3/05 A Escambia Motorcycle/Driver Pending Helmet/Yes
9/4/05 A Walton Motorcycle/Driver Pending Helmet/No
9/3/05 A Washington Driver Pending No
9/2/05 B Marion Driver Pending Yes
9/3/05 C Pasco Pedestrian Pending N/A
9/4/05 C Pinellas Motorcycle/Driver Pending Helmet/No
9/4/05 D Orange Pedestrian No N/A
9/4/05 D Orange Pedestrian Pending N/A
9/3/05 E Miami-Dade Driver Pending Yes
9/3/05 E Miami-Dade Driver Yes No
9/4/05 F Manatee Motorcycle/Driver No Helmet/No
9/5/05 F Manatee Motorcycle/Driver Yes Helmet/Yes
9/2/05 G Duval Motorcycle/Driver Yes Helmet/Yes
9/3/05 G *St. Johns Passenger Pending Yes
9/3/05 G *St. Johns Passenger Pending Yes
9/3/05 G *St. Johns Driver Pending Yes
9/3/05 G Putnam Passenger Yes Yes
9/3/05 G Putnam Pedestrian Pending N/A
9/4/05 G Putnam Pedestrian Pending N/A
9/5/05 G Bradford Pedestrian Pending N/A
9/4/05 G Flagler Pedestrian Pending N/A
9/2/05 G Clay Motorcycle/Driver Pending Helmet/Yes
9/3/05 G Duval Driver Pending Yes
9/4/05 H Taylor Passenger Yes No
9/2/05 L Palm Beach Driver Pending Yes


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