March 2003 - Monthly Fatality Report

Department of Public Safety officials report a decrease of 12 traffic fatalities in March for a total of 51, compared to 63 in the same month last year.

One of the 51 victims was a pedestrian, two were motorcyclists and one drove a farm tractor which leaves the total of those killed in vehicle crashes at 47. The highest daily numbers include 12 deaths on Wednesdays dropping to 10 on Tuesdays. There were seven deathless days in the month.

Six of the vehicle crashes were alcohol-related in the opinion of the investigating state, county or municipal officer. There were 36 male and 15 female victims, and eight of the fatalities were not residents of Oklahoma.

The leading number of deaths by age group was nine in both the 31- to 40-year-old and 41- to 50-year-olds followed by eight in the 51- to 60-year-old category. Oklahoma County led the state with a fatality count of six followed by five deaths in Canadian County.

Sixty-three percent of those who died in traffic crashes were not wearing safety belts at the time of the crash, according to DPS statistics. Unsafe speed continues to be the number one cause for fatalities with a count of 13 last month. Ten people died because the driver failed to stop or yield and three traveled left of center.