September 2006 - Monthly Fatality Report

Department of Public Safety Officials report a decrease in traffic fatalities for the last five months. September fatalities were down 14 for a total of 60 compared to 74 in the same month last year.

Twelve of the fatality victims were motorcyclists, five were pedestrians, and one was a bicyclist which leaves a total of 42 that died in vehicle crashes. The highest daily numbers include 16 deaths on Saturdays, dropping to 11 deaths on Mondays. There were six deathless days in September.

Four of the vehicle crashes were alcohol-related in the opinion of the investigating state, county or municipal officer. There were 48 male and 12 female victims, also nine of the victims were non- residents of Oklahoma, leaving 51 living in Oklahoma. Nine of the victims were age 16 or under.

The leading number of deaths by age group were 14 in the 31-to 40 year- olds and 11 in the 17- to 20 year-olds categories. Tulsa County led the state in fatality accidents with a fatality count of thirteen followed by Noble County with five, dropping to four deaths in Osage County.

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

2005 year to date total fatalities through October 9, 2005 - 591
2006 year to date total fatalities through October 9, 2006 - 575

Sixteen of the fatality accidents occurred on State Highways and 10 on US Highways.

2005 year to date total fatalities through November 13, 2005 - 684
2006 year to date total fatalities through November 13, 2006 - 633