Monthly Fatility Report - May 2011

Department of Public Safety officials report an increase in traffic fatalities for the month of May 2011. Fatalities were up by six in May with a total of 65 compared to 59 in the same month last year.

There were eight motorcyclist and six pedestrians who died in crashes during May. The highest daily fatality numbers include 14 deaths on Sundays, dropping to 13 on Tuesdays. There were five deathless days in the month of May.

Five of the fatality crashes were alcohol-related, in the opinion of the investigating state, county or municipal officer. Fifty-six fatality victims were Oklahoma residents and nine were non-residents. There were 40 male, 22 female victims and three genders not reported.

Five of the fatality victims were age 20 or under. The leading number of fatalities by age group were 16 in the 21-30, olds dropping to, ten in the 41-to 50 year-olds. Tulsa County led the state in fatalities with a fatality count of ten, followed by Oklahoma County with five fatalities each.

The highest number of fatality crashes were on City Streets with 17. There were 15 fatalities on State Highways and County Roads.

Fifty-seven 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 July 7, 2011 - - - 300
Year to date fatalities through July 7, 2010 - - - 309