February 2006 - Monthly Fatality Report

Department of Public Safety Officials report a decrease in traffic fatalities for the month of February in 2006. February fatalities were down five for a total of 39 compared to 44 in the same month last year.

One of the fatality victims was a motorcyclist, and one was a pedestrian which leaves a total of 37 that died in vehicle crashes. The highest daily numbers include nine deaths on Saturdays dropping to eight deaths on Thursdays. There were nine deathless days in February.

Eight of the vehicle crashes were alcohol-related in the opinion of the investigating state, county or municipal officer. There were 30 male and nine female victims and seven of the victims were non- residents of Oklahoma and 32 living in Oklahoma. Three victims were under the age of ten.

The leading number of deaths by age group were 13 in the 21-to 30-year- olds and seven in the 41- to 50-year-olds categories. Tulsa County led the state with a fatality count of four, dropping to three deaths in Delaware County.

Eighty-eight percent of those who died in traffic collisions were not wearing safety belts at the time of the crash, according to DPS statistics. Thirteen of the 39 victims died due to unsafe speed.

US Highways had a total of 12 fatality crashes, dropping to 9 on County Roads, and eight on State Highways.

2005 year to date total fatalities through March 12, 2005 - 99
2006 year to date total fatalities through March12, 2006 - 119