December 2006 - Monthly Fatality Report

Department of Public Safety Officials report a decrease in traffic fatalities for the last eights months of the year. December fatalities were down 15 for a total of 57 compared to 72 in the same month last year.

Four of the fatality victims were pedestrians, and one was a motorcyclist, which leaves a total of 52 that died in vehicle crashes. The highest daily numbers include 17 deaths on Friday, dropping to 9 deaths on Sundays and Tuesdays. There were only 4 deathless days in December.

Eight of the vehicle crashes were alcohol-related in the opinion of the investigating state, county or municipal officer. There were 34 male and 23 female victims, 8 of the victims were non- residents of Oklahoma, leaving 49 Oklahoma residents. Six of the victims were age 20 or under.

The leading number of deaths by age group were 10 in the 21-to 30 year-olds and 10 in the 41- to 50 year-olds categories. Oklahoma County led the state in fatality accidents with a fatality count of seven followed by Custer County with 4 and Tulsa County with three.

Sixty-five 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 percent of the victims died because of unsafe speed.

Sixteen of the fatality accidents occurred on State Highways.

The fatality count for 2006 stands at 745.

The year to date total fatalities through January 10, 2005 - - - 20
The year to date total fatalities through January 10, 2006 - - - 16