Monthly fatalities for the month of February

Department of Public Safety officials report a decrease in traffic fatalities for the month of February, 2008. Fatalities for February were down fourteen for a total of 40, compared to 54 in the same month last year.

Five of the fatality victims were passengers, two were pedestrians and 33 were the drivers who died in vehicle crashes. The highest daily numbers include 8 on Sundays and Mondays, dropping to seven deaths on Wednesday. There were 8 deathless days in February.

Eleven (28%) of the vehicle crashes were alcohol-related, in the opinion of the investigating state, county or municipal officer. There were 13 male and 27 female victims. All 40 of the victims were Oklahoma residents.

Five of the victims were 20 or under. The leading number of deaths by age group were 9 in the 41-to 50 year-olds and 8 in the 21- to 30 year-olds categories. Haskell and Oklahoma Counties led the state in fatality accidents with a fatality count of 4 in each county. McIntosh, Mayes and Tulsa Counties had 3 each.

Seventy-seven 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 30 fatality crashes in the month of February 8 of them were on city streets and 7 each on US, state and county roads..

2007 Fatality Count stands at 736, down 29 from 2006.

The year to date fatalities through March 9, 2007 - - - 123
The year to date fatalities through March 9, 2008 - - -- -99