September 2007 - Monthly Fatality Report

Department of Public Safety Officials report a decrease in traffic fatalities for the month of September. Fatalities for September were down 16 for a total of 49, compared to 65 in the same month last year.

Six of the fatality victims were pedestrians and five were motorcyclists, which leaves a total of 38 who died in vehicle crashes. The highest daily numbers include 13 on Wednesdays, dropping to 11 deaths on Saturdays and 9 on Thursdays. There were eight deathless days in September.

Eight of the vehicle crashes were alcohol-related, in the opinion of the investigating state, county or municipal officer. There were 33 male and 16 female victims. Seven of the victims were non- residents of Oklahoma, leaving 42 Oklahoma residents.

Eleven of the victims were 20 or under. The leading number of deaths by age group were 13 in the 41-to 50 year-olds dropping to10 in the 21- to 30 year-olds categories. Carter, Logan, McClain, Mayes, Okfuskee and Oklahoma Counties led the state in fatality accidents with a fatality count of three. There were 2 each in; Beckham, Bryan, Choctaw, McIntosh, Pottawatomie, Sequoyah, Counties.

Seventy-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; 33 percent of the victims died because of speeding.

There were 42 fatality crashes in the month of September; 14 of them were on County Roads and 10 on US Highways.

The year to date fatalities through October 09, 2006 - - - 585
The year to date fatalities through October 09, 2007 - - - 514