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Major Ernesto Duarte
Florida Highway Patrol

For Release January 2, 2007:

The following is a synopsis of the fatality count during the 72-hour New Year holiday period, which began at 00:01 hours, Saturday, December 30th, 2006, and ended at midnight, Monday, January 1st, 2007.

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

The preliminary traffic fatality total stands at 15.

  • The 15 deaths occurred in 14 separate traffic crashes.
  • 8 fatalities (or 53%) occurred during the hours of darkness.
  • Three (or 21%) of the fatal traffic crashes were known to be alcohol-related; 6 (or 43%) remain listed as pending; with 5 (or 36%) presently classified as not alcohol related.
  • Of the 15 deaths, 4 (or 27%) were pedestrians; and 1 (or 7%) was riding a moped.
  • The rider of the moped was not known to be wearing a helmet.
  • 56% of those killed in the 9 vehicles normally equipped with safety belts were not wearing their belts
Date Troop County Fatality Alcohol Related Restraints
01/01/07 C Hillsborough Pedestrian Pending N/A
12/30/06 D Osceola Passenger No Yes
01/01/07 D Orange Driver No Yes
12/30/06 F Highlands Passenger Yes No
*12/31/06 F Desoto Pedestrian Pending Yes
*12/31/06 F Desoto Passenger Pending Yes
01/01/07 F Manatee Moped/Driver Pending Helmet/No
12/30/06 G Duval Driver Yes No
01/01/07 G Nassau Driver Pending No
12/31/06 H Madison Driver Pending No
01/01/07 H Madison Driver Pending No
12/30/06 L Broward Driver No Yes
12/30/06 L Palm Beach Pedestrian No N/A
12/31/06 L Broward Pedestrian Yes N/A
12/31/06 L Palm Beach Pedestrian No N/A

            *  -MULTIPLE FATAL CRASH


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