2012 DUI Report

Every year across the country thousands of people die in alcohol related car accidents. In the state of Oklahoma, alcohol related car accident fatalities have been increasing since 2006. As part of their mission to improve the lives of fellow Oklahomans through a commitment to safety, for the fifth year in a row McIntyre Law, P.C. is releasing a study of alcohol-related accident trends in 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’s annual DUI report aims to draw attention to the concerning alcohol related accident trends across the state, as well as overarching trends from 2006-2011.

2006-2012: Five Years of the McIntyre Law DUI Report

Fatalities in alcohol-related accidents

McIntyre Law has been gathering data for the last five years in an attempt to highlight some of the concerning trends in alcohol related accidents, and deaths across the state of Oklahoma. Over that period of time, fatalities saw a significant decrease in 2009, but three years later, fatalities are near the 2008 high of 266. From 2011 to 2012, Oklahoma saw a 7% increase in alcohol-related fatalities.

Gender Trends in Alcohol-Related Crashes

One area in alcohol-related crash trends that has remained consistent over the past five years has been the gender division in driver fatalities. Men have accounted for an average of 73% of all alcohol-related driver fatalities, while women have accounted for just 27%.

Alcohol-related fatalities by day of the week

Another area where the trends over this five year period are overwhelmingly consistent, is day of the week. Most crashes occur on Saturday and Sunday. Weekend drinking can turn deadly all too often.

Alcohol-Related Crashes Lighting Conditions

Driving conditions vary in many of the alcohol related crashes throughout this past year, but one of the most overwhelming consistencies among the crashes is lighting. Over the past five years, 38% of drunk driving accidents occurred in rural areas with either poor lighting, or no lighting at all.

Oklahoma Alcohol-Related Crashes, Injuries and Fatalities, 2006-2012

2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Crashes 5,442 4,980 5,201 4,972 4,614 4,411 4,291
Injuries 4,223 3,442 3,612 3,452 3,248 3,156 3,153
Fatalities 157 229 266 209 245 244 261

County-by-County Trends, 2006-2012

Fatalities 2012

While the overall fatality trend across the state is trending towards more unfortunate accidents, injuries, and fatalities in 2012, it’s important to take a closer look at trends on a county level as well.

Counties with the Most Fatalities, 2006-2012

County Total Fatalities
Oklahoma County 142
Tulsa County 132
Cleveland County 52
Comanche County 42
Caddo County 40
Canadian County 40
Creek County 39
Wagoner County 36
Delaware County 35
Okmulgee County 35

Counties with the Least Fatalities, 2006-2012

County Total Fatalities
Harmon County 0
Cimmaron County 2
Harper County 2
Cotton County 3
Jefferson County 3

Fatalities in Alcohol-Related Crashes by Population, 2006-2012

Oklahoma Alcohol-Related Fatalities Per Capita 2012

Counties with the Highest Fatality Rate, 2006-2012

County Actual Fatalities Population* Fatalities Per 100,000 People
Roger Mills County 9 3,702 243.11
Grant County 7 4,585 139.4
Pushmataha County 16 11,487 139.44
Caddo County 40 29,537 135.42
Dewey County 6 4,867 123.28
Blaine County 12 9,780 122.7
Greer County 7 6,125 114.29
Haskell County 14 12,810 109.29
Beaver County 6 5,624 106.69
Beckham County 23 22,288 103.19

*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 11 60,670 18.13
Jackson County 5 26,447 18.91
Oklahoma County 142 732,371 19.39
Cleveland County 52 261,281 19.90
Tulsa County 132 610,599 21.62
Texas County 5 21,312 23.46
Craig County 4 15,073 26.54
Rogers County 28 87,706 31.92
Okfuskee County 4 12,348 32.39

Population density in Oklahoma varies widely from county to county; as a result, the counties per capita statistics more accurately reflect the number of fatalities by population that occurred from 2006-2012, on a county-by-county level. For example Oklahoma County has 142 fatalities since 2006, but its per capita fatality rate is much lower than Roger Mills County.

Increases and Decreases in Alcohol-Related Fatalities by County, 2011-2012

Oklahoma Change in Fatalities-Per-Capita 2012

Counties with the Greatest Increase in Fatalities, 2011-2012

County 2011 2012 Population* Change in Fatalities Per 100,000 People
Roger Mills County 0 3 3,702 81.04
Harper County 0 1 3,695 27.06
Grant County 1 2 4,585 21.81
Hughes County 0 3 13,843 21.67
Kiowa County 0 2 9,416 21.24

Counties with the Greatest Decrease in Fatalities, 2011-2012

County 2011 2012 Population* Change in Fatalities Per 100,000 People
Dewey County 3 1 4,867 -41.09
Pushmataha County 4 1 11,478 -26.14
Ellis County 1 0 4,051 -24.69
Alfalfa County 1 0 5,662 -17.66
Okmulgee County 7 0 39,937 -17.54

Unfortunately Roger Mills County remains on the top of the fatalities per capita list, and this year they also saw the biggest increase in fatalities, going from zero to three. Roger Mills County was not the only county to see a significant increase in fatalities per capita. Many of the counties with lower populations also saw increases of a few fatalities that pushed their rates up. On the other side, Dewey County and Pushmataha County both saw similar decreases in fatalities from four in 2011 to just one in 2012. As a result, they are at the top of the decrease in fatality rate list.

Over the past five years we’ve been reporting on DUI statistics and trends to inspire awareness and change. 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.