July 2008 - Monthly Fatality Report

Department of Public Safety officials report a increase in traffic fatalities for the month of July, 2008. Fatalities for July were up three for a total of 61, compared to 58 in the same month last year.

Three were pedestrians,10 were motorcyclists and 4 were ATV drivers. The highest daily numbers include 13 deaths each on Sundays and Thursdays and 9 each on Fridays and Saturdays. There were six deathless days in the month of July.

Fifteen of the vehicle crashes were alcohol-related, in the opinion of the investigating state, county or municipal officer. were 46 male and 15 female victims. Fifty-three of the victims were Oklahoma residents and eight were non-residents.

Nineteen of the fatality victims were 20 or under. The leading number of fatalities by age group were 19 in the 21-to 30 year-olds, dropping to 16 in the 17- to 20 year-olds categories. Oklahoma County led the state in fatalities with a fatality count of six, dropping to five fatalities each was Caddo and Custer Counties.

Sixty-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.

There were 54 fatality crashes in the month of July, 20 of them were recorded on County Roads, and there were 12 each on US and State Highways.

The year to date fatalities through August 10, 2008 - - - 402
The year to date fatalities through August 10, 2007 - - - 440