November 2007 - Monthly Fatality Report

Department of Public Safety Officials report a decrease in traffic fatalities for the month of November. Fatalities for November were down nine for a total of 56, compared to 65 in the same month last year.

Two of the fatality victims were pedestrians, three were motorcyclists, and one riding an ATV which leaves a total of 50 who died in vehicle crashes. The highest daily numbers include 14 on Sundays, dropping to 12 deaths on Fridays. There were 6 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 40 male and 16 female victims. Five of the victims were non- residents of Oklahoma, leaving 51 Oklahoma residents.

Thirteen of the victims were 20 or under. The leading number of deaths by age group were15 in the 21-to 30 year-olds dropping to 9 in the 31- to 40 year-olds categories. Comanche and Lincoln Counties led the state in fatality accidents with a fatality count of 6 each, followed by 5 each in Oklahoma and Tulsa Counties.

Fifty-eight 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; 18 percent of the victims died because of speed related crash.

There were 42 fatality crashes in the month of November; 10 of them were on US Highways, nine each on State Highways and County Roads, eight on City Streets and six on the Turnpike Systems.

The year to date fatalities through December 11, 2006 - - - 706
The year to date fatalities through December 11, 2007 ---- 671