Sizable decrease in fatalities for February 2010

Department of Public Safety officials report a sizable decrease in traffic fatalities for the month of February, 2010.Fatalities were down 1B in February with a total of 27 compared to 45 in the same month last year.

There was one motorcyclist and 4 pedestrians who died in crashes during February . The highest daily fatality numbers include seven deaths on Wednesdays and Thursdays, dropping to four on Fridays. There were 10 deathless days in the month of February.

Twelve of the fatality crashes were alcohol-related, in the opinion of the investigating state, county or municipal officer. Twenty-six fatality victims were Oklahoma residents and one was a non-resident. There were 16 male and 11 female victims.

Six of the fatality victims were age 20 or under. The leading number of fatalities by age group were six in the 31-to 40 year-olds dropping to, five in the 21-to 30 years-olds. Oklahoma, Rogers and Tulsa Counties led the state in fatalities with a fatality count of four each.

Forty-eight 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 26 fatality crashes in the month of February . The highest number of fatality crashes were on US Highways with 8 and state Highways with six.

Year to date fatalities through March 17, 2010 - - -78
Year to date fatalities through March 17, 2010 - - -129