October 2008 - Monthly Fatality Report

Department of Public Safety officials report a decrease in traffic fatalities for the month of October, 2008. Fatalities for October were down nine for a total of 55, compared to 64 in the same month last year.

Two were a pedestrians, six were motorcyclists and only one ATV driver. The highest daily fatality numbers include 14 deaths on Mondays, dropping to nine on Sundays. There were eight deathless days in the month of October.

Five of the vehicle crashes were alcohol-related, in the opinion of the investigating state, county or municipal officer. There were 42 male and 13 female victims. Forty-six of the victims were Oklahoma residents and nine were non-residents.

Eight of the fatality victims were 20 or under. The leading number of fatalities by age group were 15 in the 21-to 30 year-olds, dropping to 10 in the 51- to 60 year-olds categories. Cherokee and Tulsa Counties led the state in fatalities with a fatality count of five, dropping to four fatalities each in Adair and Rogers Counties and then three in Garvin and Oklahoma Counties.

Sixty-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.

There were 48 fatality crashes in the month of October, highest number of crashes recorded were 15 on State Highways,12 on County Roads and 11 on US Highways.

Year to date fatalities through November 16, 2008 - - - 594
Year to date fatalities through November 16, 2007 - - - 658