April 2003 - Monthly Fatality Report

Department of Public Safety officials report a decrease of eight traffic fatalities in April for a total of 39, compared to 47 in the same month last year.

Six of the 39 victims were pedestrians and one a motorcyclist which leaves the total of those killed in vehicle crashes at 31. The highest daily numbers include 11 deaths on Saturdays dropping to seven on Thursdays. There were nine deathless days in the month.

Nine of the vehicle crashes were alcohol-related in the opinion of the investigating state, county or municipal officer. There were 28 male and 11 female victims, and four of the fatalities were not residents of Oklahoma.

The leading number of deaths by age group was eight in both the 21- to 30-year-olds and 41- to 50-year-olds followed by seven in both 17- to 20-year-old and 31- to 40-year-old categories. Tulsa County led the state with a fatality count of five followed by four deaths in Oklahoma County.

Seventy-one 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 seven last month. Four people died because the driver failed to stop or yield and two traveled left of center or made an illegal pass.