December 2009 - Monthly Fatality Report

Department of Public Safety officials report a decrease in traffic fatalities for the month of December, 2009. Fatalities were down 24 in December, with a total of 49 compared to 73 in the same month last year.

There was one motorcyclist and seven pedestrian who died in crashes during December. The highest daily fatality numbers include 15 deaths on Thursdays, dropping to 10 on Mondays and eight on Sundays. There were 10 deathless days in the month of December.

Six of the fatality crashes were alcohol-related, in the opinion of the investigating state, county or municipal officer. Forty-seven of the victims were Oklahoma residents with two being non- residents. There were 36 male and 13 female victims.

Twelve of the fatality victims were age 20 or under. The leading number of fatalities by age group were 10 in the 21-to 30 year-olds with also, 10 in the 41-to 50 year-olds. Tulsa County led the state in fatalities with a fatality count of seven dropping to four each in Bryan, Oklahoma and Washita 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.

There were 41 fatality crashes in the month of December. The highest number of fatality crashes were on State Highways with 15 followed by nine fatality crashes on City Streets.

Year to date fatalities through December 31, 2009 - - - 700
Year to date fatalities through December 31, 2008 - - - 751