August 2007 - Monthly Fatality Report

Department of Public Safety Officials report a decrease in traffic fatalities for the month of August. Fatalities for August were down eight for a total of 61, compared to 69 in the same month last year.

Three of the fatality victims were pedestrians and eight were motorcyclists, which leaves a total of 44 who died in vehicle crashes. The highest daily numbers include 16 on Wednesdays, dropping to 12 deaths on Fridays. There were six deathless days in August.

Six of the vehicle crashes were alcohol-related, in the opinion of the investigating state, county or municipal officer. There were 43 male and 18 female victims. Eight of the victims were non- residents of Oklahoma, leaving 53 Oklahoma residents.

Seventeen of the victims were 20 or under. The leading number of deaths by age group were 16 in the 21-to 30 year-olds dropping to12 in the 17- to 20 year-olds categories. Pittsburg County led the state in fatality accidents with a fatality count of five, followed by Kay County and Washita County with four and Carter, Mayes, Muskogee, Oklahoma and Tulsa Counties with a total of three each.

Fifty-seven 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; 30 percent of the victims died because of speeding.

Their were 47 fatality crashes in the month of July; 14 of them were on State Highways and 12 on US Highways.

The year to date fatalities through September 10, 2006 - - - 516
The year to date fatalities through September 10, 2007 - - - 459