Significant decrease in fatalities for March 2010

Department of Public Safety officials report a significant drop in traffic fatalities for the month of March, 2010. Fatalities were down 28 in March with a total of 3Tcomparedto 68 in the same month last year.

There were three motorcyclist and 2 pedestrians who died in crashes during March. The highest daily fatality numbers include 10 deaths on Tuesdays, dropping to eight on Mondays. There were 13 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. Thirty-five fatality victims were Oklahoma residents and two were non-residents. There were 23 male and 14 female victims.

Eight of the fatality victims were age 20 or under. The leading number of fatalities by age group were eight in the 41-to 50 year-olds dropping to, seven in the 21-to 30 years-olds. Carter, Oklahoma and Tulsa Counties led the state in fatalities with a fatality count of three each.

Seventy-two percent of those who died in traffic collisions were not wearing safety belts at the time of the crash, according to DPS statistics.

There were 35 fatality crashes in the month of March. The highest number of fatality crashes were on State Highways with 10 and then US Highways and County Roads had nine each.

Year to date fatalities through April 14, 2010 - - - 106
Year to date fatalities through April 14, 2009 - - - 182