October 2005 - Monthly Fatality Report

Department of Public Safety officials report a increase in traffic fatalities for the month of October in 2005. This is the first increase since July, 2005 with an increase of 20 for a total of 73 compared to 53 in the same month last year.

Six of the fatality victims were motorcyclists and eight were pedestrians, which leaves a total of 59 that died in vehicle crashes The highest daily numbers include 12 deaths on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, dropping to 11 deaths each on Saturdays. There were four deathless days in October.

Twelve of the vehicle crashes were alcohol-related in the opinion of the investigating state, county or municipal officer. There were 44 male and 29 female victims and seven of the fatalities were non-residents of Oklahoma with 66 being from Oklahoma. Eight victims were age 16 or under.

The leading number of deaths by age group were 16 in the 21-to 30-year-olds and 14 in the 51- to 60-year-olds categories. Tulsa County led the state with a fatality count of ten, dropping to 4 deaths each in Mayes, Oklahoma, Ottawa and Pottawatomie.

Fifty-nine percent of those who died in traffic collisions were not wearing safety belts at the time of the crash, according to DPS statistics. Twenty-nine of the 59 victims died due to unsafe speed.

2004 Year to date total fatalities for November 13, 2004 - 681
2005 Year to date total fatalities for November 13, 2005 - 644