Oklahoma traffic fatalities drop in November

Oklahoma DPS Press Release_Department of Public Safety officials report a decrease in traffic fatalities for the month of November, 2010. @Fatalities were down 17 in November with a total of 39 compared to 56 in the same month last year.

There were five motorcyclists and four pedestrians who died in crashes during November. @The highest daily fatality numbers include nine deaths on Fridays, dropping to seven on Tuesdays.

There were seven deathless days in the month of November. Three of the fatality crashes were alcohol-related, in the opinion of the investigating state, county or municipal officer. @

Twenty-eight fatality victims were Oklahoma residents and 11 were nonresidents. There were 27 male and 12 female victims. Seven of the fatality victims were age 20 or under. @The leading number of fatalities by age group were nine in the 21-to 30 year-olds dropping to eight @in the 51-to 60 year-olds. @

Tulsa County led the state with five fatalities, followed by Oklahoma County with four fatalities. Fifty percent of those who died in traffic collisions were not wearing safety belts at the time of the crash, according to DPS statistics.

Year to date fatalities through December 26, 2010.......... 621

Year to date fatalities through December 26, 2009.......... 729