July 2006 - Monthly Fatality Report

Department of Public Safety Officials report a decrease in traffic fatalities for the month of July in 2006. July fatalities were down 23 for a total of 57 compared to 80 in the same month last year.

Seven of the fatality victims were motorcyclists, and three were pedestrians, which leaves a total of 47 that died in vehicle crashes. The highest daily numbers include 11 deaths on Sundays, dropping to 10 deaths on Mondays and Wednesdays. There were only 6 deathless days in July.

Ten of the vehicle crashes were alcohol-related in the opinion of the investigating state, county or municipal officer. There were 40 male and 17 female victims and seven of the victims were non- residents of Oklahoma and 50 living in Oklahoma. Five of the victims were age 16 or under.

The leading number of deaths by age group were 17 in the 21-to 30year- olds and 9 in the 31- to 40-year-olds categories. Rogers County led the state with a fatality count of seven, dropping to three deaths in Beckham, Cherokee, Oklahoma, Pittsburg, and Tulsa County.

Fifty-one percent of those who died in traffic collisions were not wearing safety belts at the time of the crash, according to DPS statistics. Twenty-two of the victims died because of unsafe speed and 11 died due to failure to stop or yield.

2005 year to date total fatalities through August 10, 2005 - 449
2006 year to date total fatalities through August 10, 2006 - 427