January 2007 - Monthly Fatality Report

Department of Public Safety Officials report a decrease in traffic fatalities for the last nine months. January fatalities were down 19 for a total of 37 compared to 56 in the same month last year.

Two of the fatality victims were pedestrians, and one was a motorcyclist, which leaves a total of 34 that died in vehicle crashes. The highest daily numbers include 10 deaths on Sundays, dropping to 9 deaths on Wednesdays. There were 16 deathless days in January.

Five of the vehicle crashes were alcohol-related in the opinion of the investigating state, county or municipal officer. There were 24 male and 13 female victims, 11 of the victims were non-residents of Oklahoma, leaving 26 Oklahoma residents. Thirty percent of the victims were age 20 or under.

The leading number of deaths by age group were 8 in the 17-to 20 year-olds and 6 in the 51- to 60 year-olds categories. Washita County led the state in fatality accidents with a fatality count of seven followed by Pushmataha and Tulsa Counties with 3 with three each.

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

State Highways lead the fatality accidents with 10 followed by nine on US Highways.

The year to date fatalities through February 13, 2006 - - - 79
The year to date fatalities through February 13, 2007 - - - 54