Monthly Fatality Report - May 2010

Department of Public Safety officials report a decrease in traffic fatalities for the month of May, 2010. Fatalities were down 22 in May with a total of 45 compared to 67 in the same month last year.

There were eight motorcyclist and three pedestrians who died in crashes during May. The highest daily fatality numbers include ten deaths on Fridays, dropping to eight on Mondays. There were seven deathless days in the month of May.

Nine of the fatality crashes were alcohol-related, in the opinion of the investigating state, county or municipal officer. Forty-three fatality victims were Oklahoma residents and two were nonresidents. There were 37 male and eight female victims.

Nine of the fatality victims were age 20 or under. The leading number of fatalities by age group were ten in the 21-to 30 year-olds dropping to nine in the 51-to 60 years-olds. Garfield County led the state in fatalities with a fatality count of four, followed by Caddo, Comanche, Delaware and Sequoyah Counties with three fatalities each.

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

There were 45 fatality crashes in the month of May. The highest number of fatality crashes were on our County Roads with 15 then on our, State Highways we had 14 fatality crashes.

Year to date fatalities through June 23, 2010..........215
Year to date fatalities through June 23, 2009..........318