May 2005 - Monthly Fatality Report

Department of Public Safety officials report a decrease in traffic fatalities for the last 5 straight months in 2005. May fatalities are down 18 for a total of 60 compared to 78 in the same month last year.

Five of the fatality victims were motorcyclists, one was a pedestrians and one was a bicyclist, which leaves the total of those killed in vehicle crashes at 53. The highest daily numbers include 15 deaths on Sundays, dropping to 14 deaths on Fridays with 10 on Mondays. There were nine deathless daysin May.

Thirteen of the vehicle crashes were alcohol-related in the opinion of the investigating state, county or municipal officer. There were 42 male and 18 female victims and six of the fatalities were non-residents of Oklahoma with 54 being from Oklahoma.

The leading number of deaths by age group were 13 in the 21-to 30-year-olds and 12 in the 41- to 50-year-olds and followed with 10 in the 31-to 40-year-olds categories. Pittsburg County led the state with a fatality count of 5 followed by 4 deaths each in McCurtain and Oklahoma Counties.

Sixty-three percent of those who died in traffic collisions were not wearing safety belts at the time of the crash, according to DPS statistics. Twenty of the 60 victims died when the driver was driving at an unsafe speed, which continues to be the leading cause of death in a fatality crash.

US Highways and State Highways each had eight fatalities. City streets had a total of 4 for a total of 27 fatality accidents.

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2004 Year to date total fatalities for June 12, 2004 - 370
2005 Year to date total fatalities for June 12, 2005 - 261