Monthly fatalities for the month of April

Department of Public Safety officials report a decrease in traffic fatalities for the month of April, 2008. Fatalities for April were down nine for a total of 51, compared to 60 in the same month last year.

Five of the fatality victims were passengers, five were pedestrians and also five were motorcyclist. Their was one bicyclist. The highest daily numbers include 10 deaths on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. There were six deathless days in April.

Eleven of the vehicle crashes were alcohol-related, in the opinion of the investigating state, county or municipal officer. There were 38 male and 13 female victims. Forty-nine of the victims were Oklahoma residents and two were non-residents.

Ten of the victims were 20 or under. The leading number of fatalities by age group were 11 in the 21-to 30 year-olds and 10 in the 41- to 50 year-olds categories. Tulsa County led the state in fatalities with a fatality count of five, Payne County had 4 and Canadian, Lincoln and Oklahoma Counties had 3 fatalities in each.

Sixty-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, with passing or left of center being second.

There were 48 fatality crashes in the month of April, 14 of them were recorded on county roads, 11 were on US Highways and 10 were on state highways.

2007 Fatality Count stands at 754, down 11 from 2006.

The year to date fatalities through May 12, 2007 - - - -248
The year to date fatalities through May 12, 2008 - - -- 205