June 2005 - Monthly Fatality Report

Department of Public Safety officials report a decrease in traffic fatalities for the last 6 straight months

in 2005. June fatalities are down 24 for a total of 67 compared to 91 in the same month last year.

Eleven of the fatality victims were motorcyclists and one was a bicyclist, which leaves the total of those killed in vehicle crashes at 55. The highest daily numbers include 16 deaths on Wednesdays, dropping to 12 deaths each on Thursdays and Fridays. There were five deathless days in June.

Eleven of the vehicle crashes were alcohol-related in the opinion of the investigating state, county or municipal officer. There were 49 male and 18 female victims and eight of the fatalities were non-residents of Oklahoma with 59 being from Oklahoma. Five victims were age 16 or under.

The leading number of deaths by age group were 14 in the 21-to 30-year-olds and 12 in the 41- to 50-year-olds categories. Oklahoma County led the state with a fatality count of 5 followed by 4 deaths each in Canadian, Harmon, Okmulgee and Tulsa Counties.

Fifty-five percent of those who died in traffic collisions were not wearing safety belts at the time of

the crash, according to DPS statistics. Thirteen of the 67 victims died when the driver failed to stop or yield. Twelve lives were lost due to unsafe speed.

State highways had 13 fatality accidents with county roads and the turnpike systems having 12 each.

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