OKLAHOMA CITY — Department of Public Safety officials reported a decrease in traffic fatalities for the month of June 2010.

Fatalities were down 28 in June with a total of 55 compared to 83 in the same month last year.

There were eight motorcyclists and seven pedestrians who died in crashes during June. The highest daily fatality numbers include 12 deaths on Sundays, dropping to 10 on Tuesdays and Saturdays. There were five deathless days in the month of June, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

Eight of the fatality crashes were alcohol-related, in the opinion of the investigating state, county or municipal officer. Forty-three fatality victims were Oklahoma residents and 12 were nonresidents.

There were 42 male and 13 female victims.

Eight of the fatality victims were age 20 or under. The leading number of fatalities by age group were thirteen in the 31 to 40 year olds dropping to 12 in the 41 to 50 years olds. Grady, LeFlore, Noble and Texas Counties led the state in fatalities with a fatality count of three each, followed by Beckham, Canadian, Carter, Custer, Garfield, Lincoln, Oklahoma, Osage, Rogers, Stephens, and Tulsa Counties with two fatalities each.

Sixty-one percent of those who died in traffic collisions were not wearing seat belts at the time of the crash, according to DPS statistics.

The highest number of fatality crashes were on county roads with 15, 11 fatality crashes on State Highways.

Year to date fatalities are also down compared to last year. Through July 14, 2010, 281 motorists died on Oklahoma roads compared to 392 in the same period last year.

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