August 2006 - Monthly Fatality Report

Department of Public Safety Officials report a decrease in traffic fatalities for the last four months. August fatalities were down four for a total of 60 compared to 64 in the same month last year.

Two of the fatality victims were motorcyclists, and two were pedestrians, which leaves a total of 56 that died in vehicle crashes. The highest daily numbers include 15 deaths on Saturdays, dropping to 13 deaths on Thursdays and 12 on Wednesdays. There were 8 deathless days in August.

Eight of the vehicle crashes were alcohol-related in the opinion of the investigating state, county or municipal officer. There were 34 male and 26 female victims and 11 of the victims were non-residents of Oklahoma, leaving 49 living in Oklahoma. Two of the victims were age 16 or under.

The leading number of deaths by age group were 12 in the 21-to 30-year olds and 9 in the 31- to 40-year-olds categories. Rogers County led the state again in fatality accidents with a fatality count of six along with Sequoyah County,dropping to four deaths in Seminole County.

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. Twelve of the victims died because of failure to stop or yield and 9 died due to unsafe speed.

2005 year to date total fatalities through September 10, 2005 - 517
2006 year to date total fatalities through September 10, 2006 - 508