March 2009 - Monthly Fatality Report

Department of Public Safety officials report a decrease in traffic fatalities for the month of March, 2009. Fatalities for March were down one for a total of 56, compared to 57 in the same month last year.

There were two pedestrian fatalities and five motorcycle fatalities in March. The highest daily fatality numbers include 12 deaths on Sundays, then dropping to 11 on Thursdays and nine on Tuesdays. There were seven deathless days in the month of March.

Five of the fatality crashes were alcohol-related, in the opinion of the investigating state, county or municipal officer. There were 39 male and 17 female victims. Fifty-four of the victims were Oklahoma residents with only two nonresidents.

Ten of the fatality victims were 20 or under. The leading number of fatalities by age group were 12 each in the 31-to 40 year-olds and 41-to 50 year-olds dropping to ten in the 21-to 30 year-old category. Leflore County led the state in fatalities with a fatality count of five there were four in Oklahoma County and three in Tulsa County.

Forty-nine 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 and failure to stop were the leading causes of death in March.

There were 50 fatality crashes in the month of March. The highest number of crashes were on County Roads with 20 dropping to eleven on State Highways and ten on US Highways.

There have been 745 fatalities recorded for the year 2008 compared to 766 in the year 2007.

Year to date fatalities through April 21, 2009 - - - 163
Year to date fatalities through April 21, 2008 - - - 201