April 2005 - Monthly Fatality Report

Department of Public Safety officials report a decrease of 5 traffic fatalities to a total of 56 in April compared to 61 in the same month last year.

Seven of the fatality victims were motorcyclists and four were pedestrians, which leaves the total of those killed in vehicle crashes at 45. The highest daily numbers include 17 deaths on Saturdays, dropping to 11 deaths on Wednesday. There were six deathless days in April.

Ten of the vehicle crashes were alcohol-related in the opinion of the investigating state, county or municipal officer. There were 39 male and 17 female victims and seven of the fatalities were nonresidents of Oklahoma with 49 being from Oklahoma.

The leading number of deaths by age group were 11 in the 21 to 30 year-olds and 10 each in the 31 to 40 and 41 to 50 year-old categories. Tulsa County led the state with a fatality count of 7 followed by four deaths each in Canadian, Oklahoma and Pontotoc Counties.

Seventy-three percent of those who died in traffic collisions were not wearing safety belts at the time of the crash, according to DPS statistics. Twenty-two of the 56 victims died when the driver was driving at an unsafe speed.

Be courteous. Be safe.

2004 Year to date total fatalities - 277
2005 Year to date total fatalities - 199