September 2008 - Monthly Fatality Report

Department of Public Safety officials report a decrease in traffic fatalities for the month of September, 2008. Fatalities for September were down 19 for a total of 44, compared to 63 in the same month last year.

One was a pedestrian, five were motorcyclists and only one was an ATV driver. The highest daily fatality numbers include 12 deaths on Saturdays, dropping to eight on Sundays. There were 13 deathless days in the month of September.

Seven of the vehicle crashes were alcohol-related, in the opinion of the investigating state, county or municipal officer. There were 31 male and 13 female victims. Forty-one of the victims were Oklahoma residents and three were non-residents.

Ten of the fatality victims were 20 or under. The leading number of fatalities by age group were nine in the 31-to 40 year-olds, dropping to seven in the 41- to 50 year-olds categories. Oklahoma County led the state in fatalities with a fatality count of five, dropping to four fatalities in Tulsa County and then three in Haskell County.

Sixty-nine 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 continues to be the leading cause of death.

There were 41 fatality crashes in the month of September, highest number of crashes recorded were 13 on State Highways, and 12 on County Roads.

The year to date fatalities through October 12, 2008 - - - 528
The year to date fatalities through October 12, 2007 - - - 574