August 2005 - Monthly Fatality Report

Department of Public Safety officials report a decrease in traffic fatalities for the month of August in 2005. August fatalities were down six for a total of 57 compared to 63 in the same month last year.

Seven of the fatality victims were motorcyclists and six were pedestrians, which leaves a total of 44 that died in vehicle crashes. The highest daily numbers include 12 deaths on Wednesdays, dropping to nine deaths each on Sundays and Fridays. There were six deathless days in August.

Twelve of the vehicle crashes were alcohol-related in the opinion of the investigating state, county or municipal officer. There were 41 male and 16 female victims and six of the fatalities were non-residents of Oklahoma, with 51 being from Oklahoma. Two victims were age 16 or under.

The leading number of deaths by age group were 13 in the 31- to 40-year-olds and 11 each in the 21- to 30-year-olds and 41-to-50 year-olds categories. Oklahoma County led the state with a fatality count of 7 followed by 4 deaths each in Creek and Okmulgee Counties.

Fifty-five percent of those who died in traffic collisions were not using safety belts at the lime of the crash, according to DPS statistics. Sixteen of the 57 victims died due to unsafe speed. Nine lives were lost due to the driver driving left of center or passing.

2004 Year to date total fatalities for September 12 , 2004 - 572

2005 Year to date total fatalities for September 12 , 2005 - 478