July 2007 - Monthly Fatality Report

Department of Public Safety Officials report a significant decrease in traffic fatalities for the second month in a row. Fatalities for July were down 20 for a total of 49, compared to 69 in the same month last year.

Three of the fatality victims were pedestrians and two were motorcyclists, which leaves a total of 44 who died in vehicle crashes. The highest daily numbers include nine on Sundays, dropping to eight deaths on Fridays. There were eight deathless days in July.

Five of the vehicle crashes were alcohol-related, in the opinion of the investigating state, county or municipal officer. There were 30 male and 19 female victims. Nine of the victims were non- residents of Oklahoma, leaving 40 Oklahoma residents.

Nine of the victims were 20 or under. The leading number of deaths by age group were 10 in the 41-to 50 year-olds and also the 51-to 60 year-olds, dropping to nine in the 31- to 40 year-olds categories. Kay County led the state in fatality accidents with a fatality count of five, followed by Oklahoma County with four and Bryan, Okmulgee, Rogers and Tulsa Counties with a total of three each.

Fifty-three 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; 27 percent of the victims died because of speeding.

Their were 41 fatality crashes in the month of July; 14 of them were on State Highways.

The year to date fatalities through August 12, 2006 - - - 445
The year to date fatalities through August 12, 2007 - - - 403