January 2006 - Monthly Fatality Report

Department of Public Safety Officials report an increase in traffic fatalities for the month of January in 2006. January fatalities were up seven for a total of 51 compared to 44 in the same month last year.

Three of the fatality victims were motorcyclists, one was on an ATV and three were pedestrians which leaves a total of 44 that died in vehicle crashes. The highest daily numbers include 13 deaths on Sundays dropping to nine deaths on Saturdays. There were six deathless days in January.

Fifteen of the vehicle crashes were alcohol-related in the opinion of the investigating state, county or municipal officer. There were 33 male and 18 female victims and four of the victims were non-residents of Oklahoma and 47 living in Oklahoma. One victim was under the age of ten.

The leading number of deaths by age group were 12 in the 17-to 20-year- olds and 10 in the 41- to 50-year-olds categories. Garvin County led the state with a fatality count of six, dropping to four deaths each In Rogers and Tulsa Counties.

Fifty-five percent of those who died in traffic collisions were not wearing safety belts at the time of the crash, according to DPS statistics. Twenty of the 51 victims died due to unsafe speed.

State Highways had a total of 15 fatality crashes, dropping to 12 on County Roads and nine on US Highways.

2005 year to date total fatalities for February 13, 2005 - 61
2006 year to date total fatalities for February 13, 2006 - 67