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Major Ernesto Duarte
Florida Highway Patrol

For Release May 29, 2007:

Thirty-five people were killed in crashes investigated by Florida Highway Patrol troopers over the Memorial Day holiday driving period, which began on Friday, May 25 and ended on Monday, May 28, 2007.

During this period, troopers charged 145 people with driving under the influence; issued 7,128 speeding citations; and assisted 2,786 motorists on Florida’s highways.

During the All-American Buckle-up Week (May 21-May 28), FHP troopers cited 4,401 people for not wearing seat belts, and issued citations to 126 motorists for not securing children in safety seats.

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 periods. During the official Memorial Day holiday driving period (Friday, May 25, through Monday, May 28), the Florida Highway Patrol investigated 857 collisions. Of those, 50 were classified as alcohol-related.

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

  • 35 deaths occurred in 29 separate traffic crashes.
  • 12 fatalities (or 34%) occurred during the hours of darkness.
  • 2 of the fatal traffic crashes (or 7%) were known to be alcohol-related; 12 (or 41%) remain listed as unknown; 15 (or 52%) are presently classified as not alcohol-related.
  • Of the 35 deaths, 3 (or 9%) were pedestrians; 8 (or 23%) were motorcyclists; and 1 (or 3%) was a bicyclist.
  • 5 of the motorcyclists (or 62 %) were known to be wearing helmets.
  • 65% of those killed in vehicles normally equipped with safety belts were not wearing their belts.
Date Fatality County Restraints Alcohol Related
05/28/07 Motorcycle-Driver *Alachua Helmet/No No
05/28/07 Motorcycle-Passenger *Alachua Helmet/No No
05/27/07 Driver Bradford No Pending
05/27/07 Passenger Brevard No No
05/26/07 Driver *Broward No Pending
05/26/07 Passenger *Broward No Pending
05/26/07 Motorcycle-Driver Broward Helmet/Yes Pending
05/25/07 Driver Charlotte No No
05/26/07 Driver Citrus Yes Pending
05/25/07 Driver Clay Yes No
05/25/07 Passenger Collier No No
05/25/07 Passenger Collier No Yes
05/25/07 Pedestrian Duval N/A No
05/26/07 Pedestrian Duval N/A No
05/25/07 Passenger Gadsden No No
05/26/07 Pedestrian Hillsborough N/A Pending
05/27/07 Driver *Marion Yes No
05/27/07 Passenger *Marion Yes No
05/28/07 Motorcycle-Driver Miami-Dade Helmet/Yes Pending
05/27/07 Motorcycle-Driver Nassau Unk Pending
05/28/07 Driver Okaloosa Yes Pending
05/28/07 Motorcycle-Driver Orange Helmet/Yes No
05/25/07 Passenger *Palm Beach No No
05/25/07 Passenger *Palm Beach No No
05/25/07 Passenger *Palm Beach Yes No
05/25/07 Driver *Palm Beach No No
05/27/07 Bicyclist Palm Beach Helmet/Yes No
05/28/07 Motorcycle-Driver Palm Beach Helmet/Yes Pending
05/25/07 Passenger Pasco No Pending
05/26/07 Driver Pasco Yes Pending
05/25/07 Driver Sarasota No No
05/27/07 Driver Sarasota No No
05/25/07 Motorcycle-Driver St. Johns Helmet/Yes Pending
05/25/07 Driver Taylor No No
05/26/07 Driver Volusia Yes Yes

            *  -MULTIPLE FATAL CRASH


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