December 2008 - Monthly Fatality Report

Department of Public Safety officials report a decrease in traffic fatalities for the month of December, 2008. Fatalities for December were down nine for a total of 59, compared to 68 in the same month last year.

Two were pedestrians and there were no motorcycle fatalities in December. The highest daily fatality numbers include 15 deaths on Tuesdays, dropping to 12 on Mondays. There were five deathless days in the month of December.

Five of the vehicle crashes were alcohol-related, in the opinion of the investigating state, county or municipal officer. There were 41 male and 18 female victims. Fifty-four of the victims were Oklahoma residents with only five being non-residents.

Fourteen of the fatality victims were 20 or under. The leading number of fatalities by age group were 12 in the 17-to 20 year-olds, dropping to 10 in the 71 and over category. Oklahoma County led the state in fatalities with a fatality count of five, dropping to three each in Cherokee, Grady, Lincoln, Mayes, Pawnee, Pottawatomie and Seminole Counties.

Sixty 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 and driving to the left of center continues to be the leading causes of death.

There were 52 fatality crashes in the month of November, highest number of crashes were 14 on US Highways, 13 on County Roads and 10 on State Highways.

There have been 694 fatalities recorded for the year 2008 compared to 766 in the year 2007. Oklahoma and Tulsa Counties had 61 fatalities each in the year 2008 followed by Pottawatomie County with 20 dropping to 19 in Rogers County.

Year to date fatalities through January 13, 2009 - - - 16
Year to date fatalities through January 13, 2008 - - - 18