October 2006 - Monthly Fatality Report

Department of Public Safety Officials report a decrease in traffic fatalities for the last six months. October fatalities were down 26 for a total of 57 compared to 83 in the same month last year.

Five of the fatality victims were motorcyclists, three were pedestrians, which leaves a total of 49 that died in vehicle crashes. The highest daily numbers include 16 deaths on Sundays, dropping to 10 deaths on Saturdays. There were 8 deathless days in October.

Seven of the vehicle crashes were alcohol-related in the opinion of the investigating state, county or municipal officer. There were 40 male and 17 female victims, also 8 of the victims were non- residents of Oklahoma, leaving 49 Oklahoma residents. Eight of the victims were age 20 or under.

The leading number of deaths by age group were 18 in the 21-to 30 year-olds and 8 in the 31- to 40 year-olds categories. Oklahoma County led the state in fatality accidents with a fatality count of seven followed by Creek County with four, dropping to three deaths each in Comanche, LeFlore, Rogers, Stephens and Wagoner Counties.

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

Sixteen of the fatality accidents occurred on State Highways and 10 on US Highways.

2005 year to date total fatalities through November 13, 2005 - 684
2006 year to date total fatalities through November 13, 2006 - 633