October 2007 - Montly Fatality Report

Department of Public Safety Officials report a decrease in traffic fatalities for the month of October. Fatalities for October were down 10 for a total of 59, compared to 69 in the same month last year.

Four of the fatality victims were pedestrians and six were motorcyclists, which leaves a total of 49 who died in vehicle crashes. The highest daily numbers include 12 on Mondays and Tuesdays, dropping to 11 deaths on Saturdays. There were only three deathless days in October.

Five of the vehicle crashes were alcohol-related, in the opinion of the investigating state, county or municipal officer. There were 44 male and 15 female victims. Eight of the victims were non- residents of Oklahoma, leaving 51 Oklahoma residents.

Eight of the victims were 20 or under. The leading number of deaths by age group were14 in the 21-to 30 year-olds dropping to 9 in the 41- to 50 and 51 to 60 year-olds categories. Tulsa County led the state in fatality accidents with a fatality count of 11, next were 3 each in; Seminole and Woodward Counties.

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. Unsafe speed continues to be the leading cause of death; 23 percent of the victims died because of speed related crash.

There were 53 fatality crashes in the month of October; 16 of them were on County Roads and 12 each on US Highways and State Highways.

The year to date fatalities through November12, 2006 - - - 650
The year to date fatalities through November 12, 2007 - - -603