February 2007 - Monthly Fatality Report

Department of Public Safety Officials report an increase in traffic fatalities for the month of February. February fatalities were up four for a total of 47 compared to 43 in the same month last year.

Two of the fatality victims were pedestrians, and one was a motorcyclist, which leaves a total of 44 that died in vehicle crashes. The highest daily numbers include 12 deaths on Sundays, dropping to 10 deaths on Mondays, then 7 on Fridays. There were seven deathless days in February.

Seven of the vehicle crashes were alcohol-related in the opinion of the investigating state, county or municipal officer. There were 34 male and 13 female victims. Nine of the victims were non-residents of Oklahoma, leaving 36 Oklahoma residents.

Seven of the victims were age 20 or under. The leading number of deaths by age group were 11 in the 21-to 30 year-olds and also, 11 in the 31- to 40 year-olds categories. McClain, Oklahoma, and Pittsburg Counties led the state in fatality accidents with a fatality count of three each.

Fifty-four percent of those who died in traffic collisions were not wearing safety belts at the time of the crash, according to DPS statistics. Forty-five percent of the victims died because of unsafe speed or driving left of center.

State Highways lead the fatality accidents with 15.

The year to date fatalities through March 11, 2006 - - - 122
The year to date fatalities through March 11, 2007 - - - 109