Oklahoma Drunk Driving Fatalities: 2011


As part of their mission to improve the lives of fellow Oklahomans through a commitment to safety, for the fourth year in a row McIntyre Law, P.C. compiled a study of alcohol-related accident trends across the state of Oklahoma. With statistics provided by the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office (OHSO), and the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) McIntyre Law compiled a study examining drunk driving trends over the past six years, as well as fluctuations from 2010 to 2011. Unfortunately, the data shows that while there was an overall decrease in alcohol-related crashes and injuries as a result of the, the decrease in alcohol-related fatalities have decreased by just one fatality from 2010 to 2011. Across Oklahoma, even as alcohol related crashes decrease, overall drunk driving statistics confirm that alcohol-related crashes remain deadly statewide.

McIntyre Law’s research has shown that alcohol-related accidents have been on the rise since 2006. It’s McIntyre Law’s hope that by providing this information to the community, we can motivate the state to work towards increasing public awareness, and decreasing the number of tragic alcohol-related fatalities in Oklahoma each year.

Alcohol-Related Fatalities in Oklahoma, 2006 – 2011

Oklahoma Alcohol-Related Fatalities

In 2011, Oklahoma saw a decrease of just one fatality caused by an alcohol-related accident. Crashes and injuries decreased by 203 and 92 respectively, but fatalities remained comparatively high. At 244 fatalities statewide, and a .4% decrease over the past year, fatalities remain close to 17% higher than they were just two years ago.

Oklahoma Alcohol-Related Crashes, Injuries and Fatalities, 2006 – 2011

2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
Crashes 5,442 4,980 5,201 4,972 4,614 4,411
Injuries 4,223 3,442 3,612 3,452 3,248 3,156
Fatalities 157 229 266 209 245 244

Oklahoma Alcohol-Related Fatalities by Lighting, 2011

Alcohol-Related Crashes by Light Conditions

Many rural roads do not have street lights. In 2011, 39% of drunk driving accidents occurred in rural areas with either poor lighting, or no lighting at all.

Males vs. Females in Alcohol-Related Crashes, 2011

Alcohol-Related Fatalities by Gender

In 2011, Oklahoma drunk driving statistics showed that males continue to account for a much larger percentage of drivers and deaths in drunk driving accidents.

Fatalities in Alcohol-Related Crashes, 2006 – 2011

2011 Oklahoma Alcohol-Related Fatalities by County

Counties with the Most Fatalities, 2006 – 2011

County Total Fatalities
Oklahoma County 142
Tulsa County 132
Cleveland County 46
Comanche County 36
Caddo County 36
Okmulgee County 35
Canadian County 34
Wagoner County 33
Osage County 31
Creek County 29

Counties with the Lowest Fatality Rate, 2006 – 2011

County Total Fatalities
Harmon County 0
Harper County 1
Cimarron County 2
Craig County 2
Kiowa County 2

Fatalities in Alcohol-Related Crashes by Population, 2006 – 2011

2011 Oklahoma Fatalities Per Capita

Counties with the Highest Fatality Rate, 2006 – 2011

County Actual Fatalities Population* Fatalities Per 100,000 People
Roger Mills County 6 3,702 162.07
Pushmataha County 15 11,478 130.68
Caddo County 36 29,537 121.88
Grant County 5 4,585 109.05
Dewey County 5 4,867 102.73
Blaine County 10 9,780 102.25
Haskell County 13 12,810 101.48
Ellis County 4 4,051 98.74
Greer County 6 6,125 97.96
Beckham County 20 22,288 89.73

*Population from 2011 Census Data

Counties with the Lowest Fatality Rate, 2006 – 2011

County Actual Fatalities Population* Fatalities Per 100,000 People
Harmon County 0 2,919 0.00
Garfield County 8 60,670 13.19
Craig County 2 15,073 13.27
Texas County 3 21,312 14.08
Cleveland County 46 261,281 17.61
Jackson County 5 26,447 18.91
Oklahoma County 142 732,371 19.39
Kiowa County 2 9,416 21.24
Tulsa County 132 610,599 21.62
Adair County 5 22,612 22.11

*Population from 2011 Census Data

Population in Oklahoma varies widely from county to county; the counties per capita statistics accurately reflect the number of fatalities by population that occurred from 2006-2011, a number that is not kind to smaller counties with lower populations. Roger Mills County, for instance, has a population of just 3,702; with 6 fatalities over the past six years, the results are the highest fatality rate per 100,000 people in the state. Likewise, Oklahoma and Tulsa counties both have some of the greatest fatalities each year, but they also have some of the largest populations. Their higher population means fatalities by population rates for both Oklahoma and Tulsa counties are some of the lowest in the state.

Increases and Decreases in Alcohol-Related Fatalities by County, 2010 – 2011

2011 Change in Alcohol-Related Fatalities

Counties with the Greatest Increase in Fatalities, 2010 – 2011

County 2010 2011 Population* Change in Fatalities Per 100,000 People
Dewey County 0 3 4,867 61.64
Washita County 0 3 11,574 25.92
Love County 0 2 9,386 21.31
Nowata County 0 2 10,629 18.82
Alfalfa County 0 1 5,662 17.66

Counties with the Greatest Decrease in Fatalities, 2010 – 2011

County 2010 2011 Population* Change in Fatalities Per 100,000 People
Roger Mills County 2 0 3,702 -54.02
Grant County 2 1 4,585 -21.81
Hughes County 3 0 13,843 -21.67
Cotton County 1 0 6,179 -16.18
Pontotoc County 6 1 37,799 -13.23

Although Roger Mills County remains on the top of the fatalities per capita list, this year they saw the biggest decrease in fatalities, going from two to zero. Roger Mills County was not the only county to see a significant decrease in fatalities per capita. The drunk driving statistics show that Pontotoc County saw a -13.23 change in fatalities per 100,000 people with a change from six fatalities in 2010, down to just one in 2011. Conversely, both Dewey and Washita Counties have seen a dramatic increase, from zero fatalities in 2010, to three fatalities in 2011. While the relatively low populations of these counties have contributed to their substantial rise in per capita fatalities, any increase is cause for concern.Despite the overall decrease in injuries, the lack of change in fatalities since 2010 demonstrates how pervasive and dangerous drunk driving remains in Oklahoma.

At McIntyre Law, our mission to improve safety and help protect the rights of car accident victims across Oklahoma, means that each year we hope to raise awareness statewide with these drunk driving statistics. There needs to be an active and productive dialogue about how we can fix this problem.

If you or a loved one has because of a drunk driving accident, and you need the help of a personal injury lawyer, please contact us for a free, no-obligation consultation.

If you would like to help increase awareness of Oklahoma drunk driving, please join the conversation by contacting the local Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) chapter nearest you:

  • Oklahoma MADD Chapter
    Phone: 405-748-3122
    Email: ok.state@madd.org
    Web: https://www.madd.org/oklahoma/
  • Oklahoma SADD Chapter
    PO Box 53277
    Oklahoma City, OK 73152
    Phone: 405-522-2700
    Email: tiffani.henry@odmhsas.org

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