Jan 4

15 Deaths During New Year’s Holiday Reported by FHP

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New Year’s Holiday Proves Deadly on Florida’s Road

The Florida Highway Patrol released its 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 represented preliminary figures and covers only those crashes investigated by the Florida Highway Patrol. All crashes investigated by City Police, County Sheriffs, or other police agencies are not included in the synopsis.

The Florida Highway Patrol documented 15 traffic fatality total during the New Year’s holiday. The 15 deaths occurred in 14 separate traffic crashes. Interesting facts about the deaths include:

  • 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.

These 15 fatalities illustrate how drunk driving can destroys families. Also, over half of the deaths were to those not wearing their seat belt.

If you or someone you know were injured in an automobile accident, you should consult with a lawyer right away before giving any recorded statement or signing any paperwork.  Failure to do so could result in waiving your rights.

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