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Major Ernesto Duarte
Florida Highway Patrol

For Release September 5, 2006:

Sixteen people were killed in crashes investigated by Florida Highway Patrol troopers over the four-day Labor Day holiday driving period, which began September 1, and ended September 4, 2006.

During this period, troopers charged 197 people with driving under the influence; issued 8,102 speeding citations; issued 1,460 seatbelt and child restraint citations; and assisted 3,640 motorists on Florida’s highways.

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. During the official holiday driving period (Friday, September 1, through Monday, September 4, 2006), the Florida Highway Patrol investigated 1,615 collisions. Of those, 102 were classified as alcohol-related.

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

  • The 16 deaths occurred in 16 separate traffic crashes.
  • 9 fatalities (or 56%) occurred during the hours of darkness.
  • 3 of the fatal traffic crashes (or 19 %) were known to be alcohol-related; 10 (or 62%) remain listed as pending; with 3 (or 19 %) presently classified as not alcohol related.
  • Of the 16 deaths, 1 (or 6 %) was a pedestrian; and 3 (or 19%) were motorcyclists; and 1 (or 6%) was a bicyclist.
  • 91% of those killed in vehicles normally equipped with safety belts were not wearing their belts.
Date Troop County Fatality Alcohol Related Restraints
9/1/06 C Hillsborough Driver Pending Yes
9/2/06 C Hillsborough Driver Pending No
9/2/06 C Pasco Driver Pending No
9/2/06 D Osceola Passenger No No
9/2/06 D Orange Bicyclist Pending N/A
9/4/06 D Brevard Driver Yes No
9/4/06 D Brevard Motorcycle-Driver Yes Helmet-Yes
9/1/06 E Miami-Dade Driver Pending No
9/1/06 F Charlotte Driver Pending No
9/2/06 F Lee Driver Yes No
9/2/06 G Flagler Driver Pending No
9/4/06 G Duval Driver No No
9/3/06 H Wakulla Motorcycle-Driver No Helmet-Yes
9/4/06 H Gadsden Driver Pending No
9/3/06 K Broward Motorcycle-Driver Pending Helmet-Yes
9/2/06 L Palm Beach Pedestrian Pending N/A


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