October 2009 - Monthly Fatality Report

Department of Public Safety officials report a decrease in traffic fatalities for the month of December, 2008. Fatalities for December were down nine for a total of 59, compared to 68 in the same month last year.

Department of Public Safety officials report a decrease in traffic fatalities for the month of October, 2009. Fatalities were down 19 in October with a total of 47compared to 66 in the same month last year.

There were eight motorcycle and one bicycle fatality in October. The highest daily fatality numbers include 13 deaths on Saturdays, dropping to nine on Mondays and seven on Wednesdays. There were 14 deathless days in the month of October.

Eight of the fatality crashes were alcohol-related, in the opinion of the investigating state, county or municipal officer. Thirty-four of the victims were Oklahoma residents with 13 being non- residents. There were 33 male and 14 female victims.

Six of the fatality victims were age 20 or under. The leading number of fatalities by age group were 14 in the 21-to 30 year-olds dropping to eight in the 31-to 40 year-olds. Kay County led the state in fatalities with a fatality count of eight dropping to four in Muskogee and Osage Counties. Three fatalities each were listed in Caddo and Okmulgee Counties.

Sixty-six percent of those who died in traffic collisions were not wearing safety belts at the time of the crash, according to DPS statistics.

There were 38 fatality crashes in the month of October. The highest number of fatality crashes were on State Highways with 13 followed by 10 fatality crashes on County Roads.

Year to date fatalities through November 15, 2009 - - - 605
Year to date fatalities through November 15, 2008 - - - 647