March 2006 - Monthly Fatality Report

Department of Public Safety Officials report a decrease in traffic fatalities for the month of March in 2006. March fatalities were down one for a total of 42 compared to 43 in the same month last year.

Five of the fatality victims were motorcyclists, and two were pedestrians, which leaves a total of 35 that died in vehicle crashes. The highest daily numbers include nine deaths on Fridays dropping to eight deaths on Mondays. There were eight deathless days in March.

Six of the vehicle crashes were alcohol-related in the opinion of the investigating state, county or municipal officer. There were 30 male and 12 female victims and five of the victims were non- residents of Oklahoma and 37 living in Oklahoma. Three victims were age 16 or under.

The leading number of deaths by age group were nine in the 31-to 40-year- olds and eight in the 21- to 30-year-olds categories. Pottawatomie County led the state with a fatality count of four, dropping to three deaths each in Creek and Tulsa Counties.

Fifty-six percent of those who died in traffic collisions were not wearing safety belts at the time of the crash, according to DPS statistics. Thirteen of the 42 victims died due to unsafe speed.

State Highways, County Roads and the Turnpike systems each had a total of 11 fatality crashes, dropping to six on US Highways.