Fatality report for the month of January

Department of Public Safety officials report an increase in traffic fatalities for the month of January 2011. Fatalities were up by eight in January with a total of 44 compared to 36 in the same month last year.

There were no motorcyclist and 3 pedestrians who died in crashes during January. The highest daily fatality numbers include 12 deaths on Saturdays, dropping to nine on Tuesdays. There were six deathless days in the month of January.

Fifteen of the fatality crashes were alcohol-related, in the opinion of the investigating state, county or municipal officer. Thirty-nine fatality victims were Oklahoma residents and five were non-residents. There were 32 male and 12 female victims.

Ten of the fatality victims were age 20 or under. The leading number of fatalities by age group were nine in the 41-to 50 year-olds dropping to, seven in the 21-to 30 year-olds. Tulsa County led the state in fatalities with a fatality count of four, followed by Kingfisher and Oklahoma Counties with three fatalities each.

Sixty-five 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 February 27, 2011 - - - 72
Year to date fatalities through February 27, 2010 - - - 71