July 2005 - Monthly Fatality Report

Department of Public Safety officials report a increase in traffic fatalities for the month of July in 2005. July fatalities are up 10 for a total of 67 compared to 57 in the same month last year.

Six of the fatality victims were motorcyclists, one was on an ATV and three were pedestrians, which leaves a total of 57 that died in vehicle crashes. The highest daily numbers include 13 deaths on both Mondays and Wednesdays, dropping to 11 deaths each on Fridays. There were five deathless days in July.

Thirteen of the vehicle crashes were alcohol-related in the opinion of the investigating state, county or municipal officer. There were 45 male and 22 female victims and nine of the fatalities were non-residents of Oklahoma with 58 being from Oklahoma. Three victims were age 16 or under.

The leading number of deaths by age group were 12 each in the 31-to 40-year-olds and in the 51- to 60-year-olds categories. Ottawa County led the state with a fatality count of 4 followed by 3 deaths each in Canadian, Garfield, McCurtain, Muskogee and Woodward Counties.

Sixty-five percent of those who died in traffic collisions were not wearing safety belts at the time of the crash, according to DPS statistics. Nineteen of the 67 victims died due to unsafe speed. Twelve lives were lost due to the driver driving left of center or passing.

County roads had a total of 18 fatality crashes and State Highways had fifteen, seven were reported on the turnpike systems.

2004 Year to date total fatalities for August 9, 2004 - 501
2005 Year to date total fatalities for August 9, 2005 - 413