August 2008 - Monthly Fatality Report

Department of Public Safety officials report a decrease in traffic fatalities for the month of August, 2008. Fatalities for August were down 18 for a total of 56, compared to 74 in the same month last year.

Six fatality victims were pedestrians, eight were motorcyclists and one was an ATV driver. The highest daily numbers include 13 deaths on Sundays and 11 on Fridays. There were four deathless days in the month of August.

Seven of the vehicle crashes were alcohol-related, in the opinion of the investigating state, county or municipal officer. There were 43 male and 13 female victims. Forty-eight of the victims were Oklahoma residents and eight were non-residents.

Three of the fatality victims were 20 or under. The leading number of fatalities by age group were 15 in the 21-to 30 year-olds, dropping to 11 in the 41-to 50 year-olds categories. Tulsa County led the state in fatalities with a fatality count of seven, four fatalities in Caddo and 3 each in Carter and Noble 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 49 fatality crashes in the month of August, 16 of them were recorded on County Roads, and 11 on US Highways.

The year to date fatalities through September 9, 2008 - - - 464
The year to date fatalities through September 9, 2007 - - - 498