March 2005 - Monthly Fatality Report

Department of Public Safety officials report a decrease in traffic fatalities for the third month this year. A decrease of 30 for a total of 32 in March is reported compared to 62 in the same month last year.

Two of the 32 victims were motorcyclists, and one was a pedestrian, which leaves the total of those killed in vehicle crashes at 29 . The highest daily numbers include eight deaths on Saturdays Dropping to seven deaths on Fridays. There were 13 deathless days in March.

Only three of the vehicle crashes were alcohol-related in the opinion of the investigating state, county or municipal officer. There were 21 male and 11 female victims, and three of the fatalities were non-residents of Oklahoma with 29 being from Oklahoma.

The leading number of deaths by age group were 7 in the 21- to 30-year-olds and 6 in the 51- t0 60 age group. Oklahoma County and Okmulgee County led the state with a fatality count of 4 each followed by 3 deaths in Beckham County.

Sixty-seven percent of those who died in traffic collisions were not wearing safety belts at the time of the crash, according to DPS statistics. Seven people died when the driver was driving at an unsafe speed and 6 when the driver was left of center or passing.

US Highways and State Highways each had eight fatalities. City streets had a total of 4 for a total of 27 fatality accidents.