Fewer Memorial Day traffic fatalities reported


Published: Wednesday, June 1, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, May 31, 2005 at 11:37 p.m.
The long Memorial Day weekend ended Monday with fewer people killed than last year on Florida's roads, according to preliminary reports released Tuesday by the Florida Highway Patrol.
Twenty-four people were killed in crashes from Friday to Monday, and three of those fatal crashes were in Alachua County.
Traffic fatalities in 2004 totaled 40 from crashes throughout the state, said FHP spokesman Lt. Mike Burroughs.
As part of the massive statewide "Click It or Ticket" campaign and All-American Buckle-up Week, troopers cited 4,600 people for not wearing seat belts and issued citations to 110 drivers for not having children secured in restraints, according to the FHP.
Alachua County sheriff's deputies cited more than 500 drivers in the county for seat belt violations and made three DUI arrests, said agency spokesman Lt. Jim Troiano.
There were no reports of Memorial Day weekend arrests or citations immediately available from the Gainesville Police Department.

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