December 2007 - Monthly Fatality Report

Department of Public Safety Officials report a decrease in traffic fatalities for the month of December. Fatalities for December were down 10 for a total of 57, compared to 67 in the same month last year.

Four of the fatality victims were pedestrians, one was a motorcyclist, one was a bicyclist and one unknown which leaves a total of 50 who died in vehicle crashes. The highest daily numbers include 16 on Sundays, dropping to 12 deaths on Tuesdays. There were seven deathless days in December.

Six of the vehicle crashes were alcohol-related, in the opinion of the investigating state, county or municipal officer. There were 37 male and 20 female victims. Six of the victims were non- residents of Oklahoma, leaving 51 Oklahoma residents.

Fourteen of the victims were 20 or under. The leading number of deaths by age group were13 in the each of the 21-to 30 year-olds and 41-to- 50 year-olds categories. Oklahoma County led the state in fatality accidents with a fatality count of 10, Tulsa County had seven, followed by Beckham County with six and Okfuskee County with five.

Fifty-three 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; 35 percent of the victims died because of a speed related crash.

There were 45 fatality crashes in the month of December; 15 of them were on our Turnpike systems, nine each on County Roads and City Streets.

2007 Fatality Count stands at 721, down 44 from 2006.