June 2007 - Monthly Fatality Report

Department of Public Safety Officials report a significant decrease in traffic fatalities for the month of June. Fatalities were down 31 for a total of 40 compared to 71 in the same month last year in June.

Five of the fatality victims were pedestrians and six were motorcyclists, which leaves a total of 29 that died in vehicle crashes. The highest daily numbers include nine deaths on Wednesdays and Saturdays, dropping to six deaths on Mondays. There were nine deathless days in June.

Three of the vehicle crashes were alcohol-related in the opinion of the investigating state, county or municipal officer. There were 34 male and six female victims. Two of the victims were non- residents of Oklahoma, leaving 38 Oklahoma residents.

Fifty-four percent of those who died in traffic collisions were not wearing safety belts at the time of the crash, according to DPS statistics. Unsafe speed continues to be the leading cause of death, 32 percent of the victims died because of speeding.

State Highways and US Highways both had nine fatality crashes in the month of June.

The year to date fatalities through July 10, 2006 - - - 383
The year to date fatalities through July 10, 2007 - - - 333