May 2006 - Monthly Fatality Report

Department of Public Safety Officials report a decrease in traffic fatalities for the month of May in 2006. May fatalities were down 13 for a total of 60 compared to 73 in the same month last year.

Five of the fatality victims were motorcyclists, four were pedestrians, and two involved a train, which leaves a total of 49 that died in vehicle crashes. The highest daily numbers include 18 deaths on Sundays, dropping to 16 deaths on Mondays. There were eight deathless days in May.

Eleven of the vehicle crashes were alcohol-related in the opinion of the investigating state, county or municipal officer. There were 41 male and 19 female victims and seven of the victims were non- residents of Oklahoma and 53 living in Oklahoma. Four victims were age 16 or under.

The leading number of deaths by age group were 15 in the 31-to 40year- olds and 12 in the 21- to 30-year-olds categories. Tulsa County led the state with a fatality count of six, dropping to four deaths in Carter and Rogers Counties County and three each in Haskell, Mayes, Oklahoma and Stephens Counties.

Fifty-six percent of those who died in traffic collisions were not wearing safety belts at the time of the crash, according to DPS statistics. Fourteen of the 60 victims died due to failure to yield or stop and 13 died due to unsafe speed. Ten died from driving left of center or improper passing.

State Highways had a total of 21 fatality crashes, while 13 fatalities occurred on County Roads.

2005 year to date total fatalities through June 18, 2005 - 304
2006 year to date total fatalities through June 18, 2006 - 319