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Major Ernesto Duarte
Florida Highway Patrol

For Release November 27, 2006:

Twenty-two people were killed in crashes investigated by Florida Highway Patrol troopers over the five-day Thanksgiving holiday driving period, which began on Wednesday, November 22, and extended through Sunday, November 26, 2006.

During this period, troopers arrested 141 people for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (D.U.I.); issued 11,008 citations for unlawful speed violations; issued 1,506 citations for safety belt violations; and assisted 4,290 motorists on Florida’s highways.

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

  • The 22 deaths occurred in 19 separate traffic crashes.
  • 11 fatalities (or 50%) occurred during the hours of darkness.
  • 3 of the fatal traffic crashes (or 16 %) were known to be alcohol-related; 11 (or 58%) remain listed as pending; with 5 (or 26%) presently classified as not alcohol related.
  • Of the 22 deaths, 6 (or 27%) were pedestrians; and 3 (or 14%) were motorcyclists.
  • All motorcyclists were wearing helmets.
  • 85% of those killed in vehicles normally equipped with safety belts were not wearing their belts.
Date Troop County Fatality Alcohol Related Restraints
11/22/06 A Santa Rosa Pedestrian Pending N/A
11/25/06 A Santa Rosa Motorcycle/Driver Pending Yes-Helmet
11/25/06 A Okaloosa Motorcycle/Driver Pending Yes-Helmet
11/22/06 B Alachua Pedestrian Pending N/A
11/22/06 B Marion Driver Pending Yes
11/22/06 B Dixie Driver No No
11/24/06 B Alachua Motorcycle/Driver No N/A
11/25/06 B Alachua Driver Pending Unknown
11/22/06 C Pasco Pedestrian Yes N/A
11/26/06 D Osceola Passenger Yes No
11/24/06 E Miami-Dade Passenger Pending No
11/23/06 E Miami-Dade Driver Pending Yes
*11/26/06 E Miami-Dade Pedestrian Yes N/A
*11/26/06 E Miami-Dade Pedestrian Yes N/A
11/24/06 F Manatee Driver No No
11/24/06 F Lee Driver Pending No
*11/26/06 F Collier Passenger Pending No
*11/26/06 F Collier Passenger Pending No
11/22/06 L Martin Pedestrian Pending N/A
11/25/06 L St. Lucie Driver No No
*11/26/06 L Palm Beach Driver No No
*11/26/06 L Palm Beach Passenger No No

            *  -MULTIPLE FATAL CRASH


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