November 2005 - Monthly Fatality Report

SDepartment of Public Safety officials report a increase in traffic fatalities for the month of November in 2005. November fatalities are up 19 for a total of 62 compared to 43 in the same month last year.

Two of the fatality victims were motorcyclists and three were pedestrians, two were on ATVís which leaves a total of 55 that died in vehicle crashes. The highest daily numbers include 12 deaths on Fridays dropping to 11 deaths on Saturdays. There were four deathless days in November.

Twelve of the vehicle crashes were alcohol-related in the opinion of the investigating state, county or municipal officer. There were 36 male and 26 female victims and five of the fatalities were non-residents of Oklahoma and 57 living in Oklahoma. Three victims were age 16 or under.

The leading number of deaths by age group were 16 in the 41-to 50-year-olds and 12 in the 21- to 30-year-olds categories. Oklahoma, Rogers and Tulsa Counties led the state with a fatality count of four, dropping to 3 deaths each in Logan, Ottawa and Pittsburg Counties.

Fifty-seven percent of those who died in traffic collisions were not wearing safety belts at the time of the crash, according to DPS statistics. Twenty-nine of the 62 victims died due to unsafe speed.

County roads and State Highways each had 16 fatality crashes, dropping to 10 on city streets.

2004 Year to date total fatalities for December 8, 2004 - 728
2005 Year to date total fatalities for December 8, 2005 - 704