Monthly Fatility Report - April 2011

Department of Public Safety officials report an increase in traffic fatalities for the month of April 2011. Fatalities were up by two in April with a total of 45 compared to 43 in the same month last year.

There were four motorcyclist and five pedestrians who died in crashes during April. The highest daily fatality numbers include nine deaths on Sundays, dropping to eight on Wednesdays and Thursdays. There were six deathless days in the month of April.

Three of the fatality crashes were alcohol-related, in the opinion of the investigating state, county or municipal officer. Thirty-eight fatality victims were Oklahoma residents and seven were non-residents. There were 29 male and 15 female victims.

Five of the fatality victims were age 20 or under. The leading number of fatalities by age group were eight in the 21-30, 31-40 and 41-50 year- olds dropping to, seven in the 51-to 60 year-olds. Oklahoma County led the state in fatalities with a fatality count of nine, followed by Caddo and Tulsa Counties with four fatalities each.

The highest number of fatality crashes were on City Streets with 15. There were nine fatalities on US Highways.

Sixty-one 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 June 1, 2011 - - - 232
Year to date fatalities through June 1, 2010 - - - 222