May 22, 2006 - April 2006 - Monthly Fatality Report

Department of Public Safety Officials report an increase in traffic fatalities for the month of April in 2006. April fatalities were up 13 for a total of 56 compared to 43 in the same month last year.

Four of the fatality victims were motorcyclists, one was on an ATV and two were pedestrians, which leaves a total of 49 that died in vehicle crashes. The highest daily numbers include nine deaths on Fridays and Sundays dropping to eight deaths on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. There were five deathless days in April.

Six of the vehicle crashes were alcohol-related in the opinion of the investigating state, county or municipal officer. There were 39 male and 17 female victims and three of the victims were non-residents of Oklahoma and 53 living in Oklahoma. Three victims were age 16 or under.

The leading number of deaths by age group were 14 in the 21-to 30-year-olds and 10 in the 51- to 60-year-olds categories. Tulsa County led the state with a fatality count of six, dropping to 4 deaths in Pottawatomie County and three each in Custer and Oklahoma Counties.

Fifty-two percent of those who died in traffic collisions were not wearing safety belts at the time of the crash, according to DPS statistics. Sixteen of the 56 victims died due to driving left of center or passing and thirteen died due to unsafe speed.

State Highways had a total of 15 fatality crashes, while 11 fatalities occurred on County Roads.

2005 year to date total fatalities through May 21, 2005 - 244
2006 year to date total fatalities through May 21, 2006 - 234