July 2009 - Monthly Fatality Report

Department of Public Safety officials report a increase in traffic fatalities for the month of June, 2009. Fatalities were up in June for the first time this year with a total of 68, compared to 67 in the same month last year.

There were 11 motorcycle and two bicycle fatalities in June. The highest daily fatality numbers include 19 deaths on Fridays, dropping to 14 on Tuesdays and 13 on Saturdays. There were eight deathless days in the month of June.

Thirteen of the fatality crashes were alcohol-related, in the opinion of the investigating state, county or municipal officer. Fifty-three of the victims were Oklahoma residents with 15 being nonresidents. There were 45 male and 23 female victims.

Eleven of the fatality victims were 20 or under. The leading number of fatalities by age group were 15 in the 31-to 40 year-olds dropping to 10 in the 21-to 30 and 51-to 60 year-old categories. Ottawa County led the state in fatalities with a fatality count of twelve. Tulsa County was next with five fatalities, then Adair, Creek, Oklahoma and Wagoner Counties had 3 each.

Fifty-six 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 was the leading cause of death in June .

There were 56 fatality crashes in the month of June. The highest number of crashes were on County Roads with 15 followed by US Highways with 13 and State Highways had twelve.

Year to date fatalities through July 13, 2009 - - -362
Year to date fatalities through July 13, 2008 - - -385