Monthly fatalities for the month of March

Department of Public Safety officials report a decrease in traffic fatalities for the month of March, 2008. Fatalities for March were down 10 for a total of 50, compared to 60 in the same month last year.

Thirteen of the fatality victims were passengers, two were pedestrians and two were motorcyclist. The highest daily numbers include 13 on Sundays and dropping to 12 deaths on Saturdays. There were nine deathless days in March.

Seven of the vehicle crashes were alcohol-related, in the opinion of the investigating state, county or municipal officer. There were 34 male and 16 female victims. Thirty-eight of the victims were Oklahoma residents and 12 were non-residents.

Sixteen of the victims were 20 or under. The leading number of deaths by age group were 12 in the 17-to 20 year-olds and nine in the 51- to 60 year-olds categories. Mayes County led the state in fatality accidents with a fatality count of five, Carter and Rogers Counties had 4 in each county and Delaware and Seminole Counties had three each.

Fifty-four percent of those who died in traffic collisions were not wearing safety belts at the time of the crash, according to DPS statistics. Unsafe speed continues to be the leading cause of death.

There were 41 fatality crashes in the month of March, 14 of them were recorded on county roads, 13 were on US Highways and nine were on state highways.

2007 Fatality Count stands at 744, down 21 from 2006.

The year to date fatalities through April 9, 2007 - - - -172
The year to date fatalities through April 9, 2008 - - -- 144