Fatality report for the month of February

Department of Public Safety officials report a decrease in traffic fatalities for the month of February 2011. Fatalities were down by 19 in February with a total of 17 compared to 36 in the same month last year.

One motorcyclist and two pedestrians died in crashes during February. The highest daily fatality numbers include four deaths on Wednesdays and Thursdays, dropping to three on Fridays and Saturdays. There were eighteen deathless days in the month of February.

Four of the fatality crashes were alcohol-related, in the opinion of the investigating state, county or municipal officer. Fifteen fatality victims were Oklahoma residents and two were non-residents. There were 14 male and 3 female victims.

Only one of the fatality victims were age 20 or under. The leading number of fatalities by age group were six in the 21-to 30 year-olds, dropping to three in the 31-to 40 and 41 - 50 year-old categories. Tulsa County led the state in fatalities with a total of three, followed by Rogers County with 2 fatalities.

Seventy-seven 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 March 27, 2011 - - - 111
Year to date fatalities through March 27, 2010 - - - 113