Monthly Fatility Report - March 2012

Department of Public Safety officials report an increase in traffic fatalities for the month of March, 2012. Fatalities were up by 20 in March with a total of 59, compared to 39 in the same month last year.

There were 2 motorcyclists and 5 pedestrians who died in crashes during March. The highest daily fatality numbers include 12 deaths on Friday and Saturdays, dropping to 10 on Sundays. There were 5 deathless days in the month of March.

Six of the fatality crashes were alcohol-related, in the opinion of the investigating state, county or municipal officer. Fifty-one fatality victims were Oklahoma residents and 8 non-resident. There were 40 male and 19 female victims.

Six of the fatality victims were age 20 or under. The leading number of fatalities by age group were 17 in the 21 - 30 and dropping to, 13 in the 41 - 50 year-olds. Oklahoma County led the state in fatalities with a fatality count of nine, followed by Tulsa County with seven fatalities.

The highest number of fatality crashes were on State Highways with 21. There were 12 fatalities on US Highways.

Fifty 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 29, 2012 - - - 180
Year to date fatalities through April 29, 2011 - - - 208