September 2005 - Monthly Fatality Report

Department of Public Safety officials report a decrease in traffic fatalities for the month of September in 2005. September fatalities are down18 for a total of 53 compared to 71 in the same month last year.

Nine of the fatality victims were motorcyclists, one was on an ATV and six were pedestrians, which leaves a total of 37 that died in vehicle crashes The highest daily numbers include 10 deaths on Wednesdays, dropping to nine deaths each on Mondays and Thursdays. There were eight deathless days in August.

Two of the vehicle crashes were alcohol-related in the opinion of the investigating state, county or municipal officer. There were 36 male and 17 female victims and six of the fatalities were non-residents of Oklahoma with 47 being from Oklahoma. Three victims were age 16 or under.

The leading number of deaths by age group were 12 in the 41-to 50-year-olds and 11 in the 51- to 60-year-olds. Oklahoma County led the state with a fatality count of 6 followed by 5 deaths each in Tulsa Counties.

Sixty-one percent of those who died in traffic collisions were not wearing safety belts at the time of the crash, according to DPS statistics. Seventeen of the 53 victims died due to unsafe speed. Nine lives were lost due to the driver failing to yield or stop.

2004 Year to date total fatalities for September 12 , 2004 623
2005 Year to date total fatalities for September 12 , 2005 548