April 2009 - Monthly Fatality Report

Department of Public Safety officials report a decrease in traffic fatalities for the month of April, 2009. Fatalities for April were down 13 for a total of 48, compared to 61 in the same month last year.

There was one pedestrian fatality and two motorcycle fatalities in April. The highest daily fatality numbers include nine deaths on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and also, Saturdays then dropping to six on Sundays. There were seven deathless days in the month of April.

Six of the fatality crashes were alcohol-related, in the opinion of the investigating state, county or municipal officer. There were 31 male and 17 female victims. Thirty-nine of the victims were Oklahoma residents with nine being non-residents.

Twelve of the fatality victims were 20 or under. The leading number of fatalities by age group were 11 in the 21-to 30 year-olds dropping to seven in the 41-to 50 year-old category. Jackson and Tulsa Counties led the state in fatalities with a fatality count of four each. McIntosh and Oklahoma Counties each had three fatalities.

Fifty-seven 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 was the leading cause of death in April.

There were 38 fatality crashes in the month of April. The highest number of crashes were on US Highways then followed by County Roads.

There have been 747 fatalities recorded for the year 2008 compared to 766 in the year 2007.

Year to date fatalities through May 11, 2009 - - -201
Year to date fatalities through May 11, 2008 - - -233