Decrease in fatalities for April 2010

Department of Public Safety officials report a decrease in traffic fatalities for the month of April, 2010. Fatalities were down 19 in April with a total of 36 compared to 55 in the same month last year. There were three motorcyclist and 2 pedestrians who died in crashes during April.

The highest daily fatality numbers include13 deaths on Fridays, dropping to seven on Wednesdays. There were 10 deathless days in the month of April.

Nine of the fatality crashes were alcohol-related, in the opinion of the investigating state, county or municipal officer. Thirty-two fatality victims were Oklahoma residents and four were non-residents.

There were 26 male and 10 female victims.

Three of the fatality victims were age 20 or under. The leading number of fatalities by age group were ten in the 31-to 40 year-olds dropping to seven each in the 41-to 50 year-olds and 51-to 60 year-olds. Oklahoma County led the state in fatalities with a fatality court of three.

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.

There were 33 fatality crashes in the month of April. The highest number of fatality crashes were on our State Highways with 9, then our inter-state and Turnpike systems had eight.

Year to date fatalities through April 12, 2010..........144
Year to date fatalities through April 12, 2009..........233