June 2008 - Monthly Fatality Report

Department of Public Safety officials report a increase in traffic fatalities for the month of June, 2008. Fatalities for June were up five for a total of 58, compared to 53 in the same month last year.

Four were pedestrians and 11 were motorcyclists. The highest daily numbers include 16 deaths on Mondays and 11 deaths on Fridays. There were five deathless days in June.

Fourteen of the vehicle crashes were alcohol-related, in the opinion of the investigating state, county or municipal officer. There were 39 male and 19 female victims. Fifty-four of the victims were Oklahoma residents and four were non-residents.

Eleven of the victims were 20 or under. The leading number of fatalities by age group were 16 in the 21-to 30 year-olds and dropping to 9 in the 17- to 20 year-olds categories. Tulsa County led the state in fatalities with a fatality count of seven, dropping to four fatalities each was Le Flore and Pottawatomie Counties.

Sixty-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.

There were 53 fatality crashes in the month of June, 16 of them were recorded on County Roads, 11 were on our Interstate and Turnpike systems and 10 were on State Highways.

The year to date fatalities through July 9, 2007 - - - 370
The year to date fatalities through July 9, 2008 - - - 336