July 2009 - Monthly Fatality Report

Department of Public Safety officials report a decrease in traffic fatalities for the month of July, 2009. Fatalities were down 24 in July with a total of 53 compared to 77 in the same month last year.

There were six motorcycle and one bicycle fatality in July. The highest daily fatality numbers include 11 deaths on Thursdays, dropping to eight each on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. There were seven deathless days in the month of July.

Six of the fatality crashes were alcohol-related, in the opinion of the investigating state, county or municipal officer. Forty-four of the victims were Oklahoma residents with nine being non-residents. There were 34 male and 19 female victims.

Ten of the fatality victims were age 20 or under. The leading number of fatalities by age group were nine in the 41-to 50 year-olds dropping to eight in the 31-to 40 and 61-to 70 year-old categories. Pottawatomie County led the state in fatalities with a fatality count of six. Seminole County was next with five fatalities, then Creek County with four also, Oklahoma and Osage Counties had 3 each.

Seventy-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 was the leading cause of death in followed by being left of center.

There were 46 fatality crashes in the month of July. The highest number of crashes were on State Highways, with14 crashes and County Roads, with 13 crashes.

Year to date fatalities through August 11, 2009 - - -411
Year to date fatalities through August 11, 2008 - - -451