Even though the Department of Public Safety Officials report a decrease in traffic fatalities for the month of June in 2006, overall three more people have died this year than year-to-date in 2005.

June fatalities were down 12 for a total of 68 compared to 80 in the same month last year.

Eight of the fatality victims were motorcyclists, six were pedestrians, and one involved a train, which leaves a total of 53 that died in vehicle crashes. The highest daily numbers include 18 deaths on Fridays, dropping to 16 deaths on Thursdays. There were only three deathless days in June.

Seven of the vehicle crashes were alcohol-related in the opinion of the investigating state, county or municipal officer. There were 44 male and 24 female victims and seven of the victims were non- residents of Oklahoma and 61 living in Oklahoma. Six victims were age 16 or under.

The leading number of deaths by age group were 14 in the 41-to 50year-olds and 13 in the 21- to 30-year-olds categories. Oklahoma County led the state with a fatality count of nine, dropping to six deaths in Marshall County and five in Tulsa County.

Sixty percent of those who died in traffic collisions were not wearing safety belts at the time of the crash, according to DPS statistics. Eleven of the victims died due to failure to yield or stop and 10 died due to unsafe speed.

US and State Highways both had a total of 14 fatality crashes, while 13 fatalities occurred on city roads.

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