Monthly Fatality Report - July 2010

Department of Public Safety officials report a decrease in traffic fatalities for the month of July, 2010. Fatalities were down 12 in July with a total of 55 compared to 67 in the same month last year.

There were seven motorcyclists and four pedestrians who died in crashes during July. The highest daily fatality numbers include 11 deaths on Mondays, dropping to ten on Sundays. There were two deathless days in the month of July.

Nine of the fatality crashes were alcohol-related, in the opinion of the investigating state, county or municipal officer. Forty-one fatality victims were Oklahoma residents and 14 were nonresidents. There were 35 male and 20 female victims.

Eight of the fatality victims were age 20 or under. The leading number of fatalities by age group were seventeen in the 41-to 50 year-olds dropping to nine in the 21-to 30 years-olds. Pottawatomie County led the state with seven fatalities, followed by Cimarron and Oklahoma Counties with five fatalities each.

Forty-six percent of those who died in traffic collisions were not wearing safety belts at the time of the crash, according to DPS statistics.

Year to date fatalities through August 23, 2010..........364
Year to date fatalities through August 23, 2009..........497