December 2005 - Monthly Fatality Report

Department of Public Safety officials report a increase in traffic fatalities for the month of December in 2005. December fatalities were down three for a total of 67 compared to 70 in the same month last year.

Two of the fatality victims were motorcyclists and two were pedestrians which leaves a total of 63 that died in vehicle crashes. The highest daily numbers include 15 deaths on Saturdays dropping to 12 deaths on Tuesdays. There were four deathless days in December.

Twelve of the vehicle crashes were alcohol-related in the opinion of the investigating state, county or municipal officer. There were 50 male and 17 female victims and nine of the victims were non-residents of Oklahoma and 58 living in Oklahoma. One victim was age 16 or under.

The leading number of deaths by age group were 18 in the 21-to 30-year-olds and 15 in the 17- to 20-year-olds categories. Oklahoma and Osage Counties led the state with a fatality count of four, dropping to three deaths each in Cherokee, Craig, Ottawa, Rogers, Sequoyah, Tulsa and Washington Counties.

Seventy-four percent of those who died in traffic collisions were not wearing safety belts at the time of the crash, according to DPS statistics. Twenty-six of the 67 victims died due to unsafe speed.

State Highways had a total of 22 fatality crashes, dropping to 15 on county roads.

2004 Year to date total fatalities - 777
2005 Year to date total fatalities - 779

2004 Year to date total fatalities for January 11, 2005 - 18
2005 Year to date total fatalities for January 11, 2006 - 10