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Major Ernesto Duarte
Florida Highway Patrol

For Release November 26, 2007:

Twenty-seven people were killed in crashes investigated by Florida Highway Patrol troopers over the five-day Thanksgiving holiday driving period, which began on Wednesday, November 21, and extended through Sunday, November 25, 2007.

During this period, troopers arrested 162 people for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (D.U.I.); issued 7,177 citations for unlawful speed violations; issued 1,165 citations for safety belt violations; and assisted 4,112 motorists on Florida’s highways.

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

  • The 27 deaths occurred in 26 separate traffic crashes.
  • 15 fatalities (or 56%) occurred during the hours of darkness.
  • 4 of the fatal traffic crashes (or 15 %) were known to be alcohol-related; 10 (or 35%) remain listed as pending; with 12 (or 46%) presently classified as not alcohol related.
  • Of the 27 deaths, 1 (or 4%) was a pedestrian; 2 (or 7%) were bicyclists; 1 (or 4%) was riding an ATV; and 3 (or 11%) were motorcyclists.
  • 80% of those killed in vehicles normally equipped with safety belts were not wearing their belts.
Date Troop County Fatality Alcohol Related Restraints
11/22/07 A Walton ATV/Driver No N/A
11/23/07 A Escambia Bicyclist Pending N/A
11/24/07 A Santa Rosa Driver Pending No
*11/22/07 B Dixie Driver Pending No
*11/22/07 B Dixie Passenger Pending No
11/24/07 B Marion Passenger No No
11/24/07 B Marion Driver No No
11/21/07 G Duval Motorcycle/Driver Pending N/A
11/24/07 G Duval Passenger Yes No
11/21/07 C Sumter Driver No No
11/21/07 C Polk Driver No No
11/21/07 C Pasco Driver Pending No
11/22/07 C Citrus Driver Pending Yes
11/23/07 C Hernando Passenger No No
11/22/07 D Seminole Motorcycle/Driver Pending Helmet/Yes
11/23/07 D Brevard Motorcycle/Driver No Helmet/No
11/22/07 E Miami-Dade Driver Pending No
11/24/07 E Monroe Driver Yes Yes
11/24/07 E Miami-Dade Driver No Yes
11/25/07 E Monroe Bicyclist No N/A
11/21/07 F Manatee Driver Yes No
11/23/07 F Hardee Driver Yes No
11/25/07 F Hendry Passenger No Yes
11/24/07 H Gadsden Passenger No No
11/22/07 K Palm Beach Driver Pending No
11/23/07 K Indian River Passenger No No
11/24/07 L St. Lucie Pedestrian Pending N/A

            *  -MULTIPLE FATAL CRASH


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