January 2008 - Monthly Fatility Report

Department of Public Safety Officials report a decrease in traffic fatalities for the month of January, 2008. Fatalities for January were down four for a total of 35, compared to 39 in the same month last year.

Fourteen of the fatality victims were passengers, and 21 were the drivers who died in vehicle crashes. The highest daily numbers include 10 on Sundays, dropping to eight deaths on Thursdays. There were 12 deathless days in January.

Four of the vehicle crashes were alcohol-related, in the opinion of the investigating state, county or municipal officer. There were 23 male and 12 female victims. Four of the victims were non- residents of Oklahoma, leaving 31 Oklahoma residents.

Seven of the victims were 20 or under. The leading number of deaths by age group were 11 in the 21-to 30 year-olds and six in the 41- to 50 year-olds categories. Caddo, Comanche, and Mayes Counties led the state in fatality accidents with a fatality count of 3 in each county.

Sixty-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; 43 percent of the victims died because of a speed related crash.

There were 30 fatality crashes in the month of January; nine of them were on County Roads and 8 on State Highways.

2007 Fatality Count stands at 729, down 36 from 2006.

The year to date fatalities through February 10, 2007 - - - 66
The year to date fatalities through February 10, 2008 - - - 46