May 2009 - Monthly Fatality Report

Department of Public Safety officials report a decrease in traffic fatalities for the month of May, 2009. Fatalities for May were down eight for a total of 58, compared to 66 in the same month last year.

There were five pedestrian fatalities and 11 motorcycle fatalities in May. The highest daily fatality numbers include 10 deaths on Wednesdays, dropping to nine on Sundays. There were five deathless days in the month of May.

Seven of the fatality crashes were alcohol-related, in the opinion of the investigating state, county or municipal officer. There were 39 male and 19 female victims. Forty-eight of the victims were Oklahoma residents with 10 being non-residents.

Eleven of the fatality victims were 20 or under. The leading number of fatalities by age group were 11 in the 31-to 40 year-olds dropping to 10 in the 41-to 50 year-old category. Oklahoma County led the state in fatalities with a fatality count of eight. Canadian, Payne, Pushmataha and Rogers Counties were next with three fatalities each.

Forty-eight 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 May .

There were 50 fatality crashes in the month of May . The highest number of crashes were on US Highways having 12 followed by our Turnpike systems with ten.

Year to date fatalities through June 10, 2009 - - -276
Year to date fatalities through June 10, 2008 - - -299