Fatality report for the month of March

Department of Public Safety officials report an decrease in traffic fatalities for the month of March 2011. Fatalities were down by ten in March with a total of 39 compared to 49 in the same month last year.

There were seven motorcyclist and four pedestrians who died in crashes during March. The highest daily fatality numbers include nine deaths on Sundays, dropping to eight on Wednesdays. There were 11 deathless days in the month of March.

Nine of the fatality crashes were alcohol-related, in the opinion of the investigating state, county or municipal officer. Thirty fatality victims were Oklahoma residents and nine were non-residents. There were 27 male and 12 female victims.

Nine of the fatality victims were age 20 or under. The leading number of fatalities by age group were 11 in the 21-30 year-olds dropping to, five in the 41-to 50 year-olds. Custer and Oklahoma County led the state in fatalities with a fatality count of four, followed by Craig and Okmulgee Counties with three fatalities each.

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

Year to date fatalities through April 27, 2011 - - - 159
Year to date fatalities through April 27, 2010 - - - 157