January 2005 - Monthly Fatality Report

Department of Public Safety officials report an decrease of 30 traffic fatalities for a total of 42 in January compared to 72 in the same month last year.

One of the 42 victims was a motorcyclist and one was a pedestrian which leaves the total of those killed in vehicle crashes at 40 . The highest daily numbers include 12 deaths on Wednesdays dropping to 8 deaths on Tuesdays.

Only 3 of the vehicle crashes were alcohol-related in the opinion of the investigating state, county or municipal officer. There were 28 male and 14 female victims, and 1 of the fatalities was a non-resident of oklahoma with forty-one being from Oklahoma.

The leading number of deaths by age group was 9 in the 41- to 50-year-olds followed by 7 in the 11- to 16-year-old category. Wagoner County led the state with a fatality count of 5 followed by 4 deaths each in McClain and Kay Counties.

Sixty-seven percent of those who died in traffic collisions were not wearing safety belts at the time of the crash, according to DPS statistics. Unsafe speed has consistently been the number one cause of traffic deaths, killing a total of 10 last month. Six people died when the driver was driving left of center or passing improperly.

Nine fatality accidents occurred on state highways, 7 on us highways, 6 on county roads, 5 on city streets, 4 on the interstate systems and 3 on Oklahoma turnpikes for a total of 34 fatality accidents.

2004 year to date total fatalities - 89
2005 year to date total fatalities - 52