DPS shows decrease in traffic fatalities

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Department of Public Safety officials report a decrease in traffic fatalities for the month of July 2011.  Fatalities were down by eighteen in July with a total of 62 compared to 80 in the same month last year.

There were eight motorcyclist and four pedestrians who died in crashes during July.  The highest daily fatality numbers include 19 deaths on Sundays, dropping to 13 on Wednesdays. There were five deathless days in the month of July.

Two of the fatality crashes were alcohol-related, in the opinion of the investigating state, county or municipal officer. Fifty-four fatality victims were Oklahoma residents and eight were non-residents. There were 47 male and 15 female victims.

Eleven of the fatality victims were age 20 or under.  The leading number of fatalities by age group were 12 in the 31-40, olds dropping to, ten in the 21 to 30 and the 41-to 50 year-olds.  Tulsa County led the state in fatalities with a fatality count of six, followed by Payne and Pittsburg Counties with five fatalities each.

The highest number of fatality crashes were on State Highways with 24.  There were 10 fatalities on US Highways and city streets.

Fifty-four 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 29,  2011 – – – 437
Year to date fatalities through August 29 ,  2010 – – – 434


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