Monthly Fatility Report - December 2010

Department of Public Safety officials report a decrease in traffic fatalities for the month of December 2010. Fatalities were down fourteen in December with a total of 43 compared to 57 in the same month last year.

There was one motorcyclist and four pedestrians who died in crashes during December. The highest daily fatality numbers include ten deaths on Wednesdays, dropping to eight on Thursdays. There were nine deathless days in the month of December.

Nine of the fatality crashes were alcohol-related, in the opinion of the investigating state, county or municipal officer. Thirty-four fatality victims were Oklahoma residents and nine were nonresidents. There were 28 male and 15 female victims.

Seven of the fatality victims were age 20 or under. The leading number of fatalities by age group were 12 in the 41-to 50 year-olds dropping to nine in the 51-to 60 year-olds. Oklahoma County led the state with five fatalities, followed by McClain and Tulsa Counties with four fatalities each.

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.

Year to date fatalities through January 26, 2011 ......... 31
Year to date fatalities through January 26, 2010 ..........34