November 2006 - Monthly Fatality Report

Department of Public Safety Officials report a decrease in traffic fatalities for the last seven months. November fatalities were down 23 for a total of 56 compared to 79 in the same month last year.

Three of the fatality victims were pedestrians, two were motorcyclists, two victims were bicyclists, which leaves a total of 49 that died in vehicle crashes. The highest daily numbers include 12 deaths on Wednesdays, dropping to 10 deaths on Saturdays. There were only 4 deathless days in November.

Ten of the vehicle crashes were alcohol-related in the opinion of the investigating state, county or municipal officer. There were 38 male and 18 female victims, 2 of the victims were non- residents of Oklahoma, leaving 54 Oklahoma residents. Fifteen of the victims were age 20 or under.

The leading number of deaths by age group were 9 in the 21-to 30 year-olds and 9 in the 31- to 40 year-olds categories. Noble County led the state in fatality accidents with a fatality count of eight followed by Payne and Tulsa Counties with three each.

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

Sixteen of the fatality accidents occurred on County Roads and 11 on US Highways.

2005 year to date total fatalities through December 12, 2005 - 754
2006 year to date total fatalities through December 12, 2006 - 691