May 2004 - Monthly Fatality Report

Traffic fatalities for May were up 17 compared to last year, according to the Department of Public Safety. Sixty-six died on Oklahoma streets and highways last month, compared to 49 in May 2003.

Seventeen died on Saturdays and 15 on Sundays followed by 11 on Thursdays in May. There were eight deathless days in the month. Fifty-four of the 66 victims were Oklahomans and 12 were out-of-state residents. Ten of the fatality crashes were alcohol-related in the opinion of the investigating state, county or municipal officer.

There were 51 male victims and 15 female. The leading number of deaths by age were 13 in the 41-to 50 year-olds, 11 in the 21-to 30 year-olds followed by 10 in the 17-to 20 age category.

Oklahoma County led the state again in traffic-related fatalities for May with nine followed by six deaths in Tulsa County.

Fifteen of the fatality accidents were on county roads, 13 on US Highways followed by 12 on city streets.

Forty-nine percent of those who died in traffic collisions were not wearing safety belts at the time of the crash, according to DPS statistics. Last month unsafe speed was still the leading cause of traffic deaths, killing twenty-five. Nine died when the driver went left of center or passed improperly.