August 2009 - Monthly Fatality Report

Department of Public Safety officials report a decrease in traffic fatalities for the month of August, 2009. Fatalities were down 13 in August with a total of 56 compared to 69 in the same month last year.

There were 10 motorcycle, one bicycle and one pedestrian fatality in August. The highest daily fatality numbers include 15 deaths on Saturdays, dropping to 10 on Fridays. There were seven deathless days in the month of August.

Thirteen of the fatality crashes were alcohol-related, in the opinion of the investigating state, county or municipal officer. Fifty-five of the victims were Oklahoma residents with only one being anon- resident. There were 39 male and 17 female victims.

Ten of the fatality victims were age 20 or under. The leading number of fatalities by age group were 14 in the 21-to 30 year-olds dropping to eleven in the 31-to 40. Creek, Noble, Oklahoma and Tulsa Counties led the state in fatalities with a fatality count of four in each County. Comanche and Mayes County were next with three fatalities each.

Seventy-one 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, followed by being left of center.

There were 52 fatality crashes in the month of August. The highest number of crashes were on County Roads with14 crashes and County Roads with 12 of the crashes.

Year to date fatalities through September 10, 2009 - - - 490
Year to date fatalities through September 10, 2008 - - - 510