March 2004 - Monthly Fatality Report

Department of Public Safety officials report a decrease of three traffic fatalities in march for a total of 54, compared to 57 in the same month last year.

Five of the 54 victims were pedestrians which leaves the total of those killed in vehicle crashes at 49. The highest daily numbers include 15 deaths on Mondays dropping to 13 on Saturdays and 10 on Thursdays. There were nine deathless days in the month.

Ten of the vehicle crashes were alcohol-related in the opinion of the investigating state, county or municipal officer. There were 39 male and 15 female victims and eight of the fatalities were not residents of Oklahoma.

The leading number of deaths by age group was 11 in the 17 to 20 year-olds followed by 7 each in the 21 to 30 year-olds and 31 to 40 year-old category. Tulsa County led the state with a fatality count of eight followed by six in Oklahoma County.

Fifty-five percent of those who died in traffic crashes were not wearing safety belts at the time of the crash.