Decrease in fatalities for January 2010

Department of Public Safety officials report a significant decrease in traffic fatalities for the month of January, 2010. Fatalities were down 27 in January with a total of 25 compared to 52 in the same month last year.

There was one motorcyclist and 2 pedestrians who died in crashes during January . The highest daily fatality numbers include seven deaths on Thursdays, dropping to 6 on Saturdays. There were 16 deathless days in the month of January.

Six of the fatality crashes were alcohol-related, in the opinion of the investigating state, county or municipal officer. All 25 fatality victims were Oklahoma residents. There were 16 male and nine female victims.

Five of the fatality victims were age 20 or under. The leading number of fatalities by age group were five in the 21-to 30 year-olds dropping to, four in the 31-to 40 years-olds and four in the 41-to 50 year-olds. Pottawatomie County led the state in fatalities with a fatality count of four dropping to three in McClain County.

Seventy-five percent of those who died in traffic collisions were not wearing safety belts at the time of the crash, according to DPS statistics.

There were 24 fatality crashes in the month of January. The highest number of fatality crashes were on State Highways and County Roads with seven each.

Year to date fatalities through February 09, 2010- - - 33
Year to date fatalities through February 09, 2009 - - -66