Monthly Fatality Report - August 2010

Department of Public Safety officials report a decrease in traffic fatalities for the month of August, 2010. Fatalities were down 23 in August with a total of 47 compared to 70 in the same month last year.

There were six motorcyclists and three pedestrians who died in crashes during August. The highest daily fatality numbers include nine deaths on Tuesdays, dropping to eight on Thursday and Fridays. There were eight deathless days in the month of August.

Eight of the fatality crashes were alcohol-related, in the opinion of the investigating state, county or municipal officer. Thirty-five fatality victims were Oklahoma residents and 12 were nonresidents. There were 23 male and 24 female victims.

Six of the fatality victims were age 20 or under. The leading number of fatalities by age group were twelve in the 51-to 60 year-olds dropping to nine each in the 31-to 40 year-olds and 41 to 50 year -olds. Tulsa County led the state with seven fatalities, followed by Mayes County with five fatalities.

Forty-seven 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 September 24, 2010..........430
Year to date fatalities through September 24, 2009..........553