March 2007 - Monthly Fatality Report

Department of Public Safety Officials report an increase in traffic fatalities for the month of March. March fatalities were up one for a total of 53 compared to 52 in the same month last year.

Seven of the fatality victims were pedestrians, seven were motorcyclists, and one was a bicyclist which leaves a total of 38 that died in vehicle crashes. The highest daily numbers include 11 deaths on Sundays and Tuesdays, dropping to nine deaths on Thursdays. There were seven deathless days in March.

Four of the vehicle crashes were alcohol-related in the opinion of the investigating state, county or municipal officer. There were 40 male and 13 female victims. Nine of the victims were non- residents of Oklahoma, leaving 44 Oklahoma residents.

Seven of the victims were age 20 or under. The leading number of deaths by age group were 17 in the 21-to 30 year-olds then lowering to nine in the 51- to 60 year-olds categories. Oklahoma County led the state in fatality accidents with a fatality count of six, Tulsa followed with five, then Ottawa County with four.

State Highways lead the fatality accidents with 13. Twelve were reported on our interstate systems.

The year to date fatalities through April 9, 2006 - - - 172
The year to date fatalities through April 9, 2007 - - - 154