There have been 201 traffic fatalities in Oklahoma this year through May 11, which is a little less than a 15 percent decrease from last year to the same point, which was 233.

Oklahoma Department of Public Safety (DPS) issued a press release that showed a decrease in traffic fatalities for the month of April as well.

April’s fatalities were down 22 percent from the prior year for a total of 48, compared with 61 in April 2008.

According to the press release, unsafe speed was the leading cause of death in April with a large majority of those who died not wearing seat belts.

According to DPS statistics, 57 percent of those who died in traffic collisions were not wearing safety belts at the time of the crash.

DPS also delineated the deaths according to days of the week.

According to the release, there were seven days in the month of April without a fatality.

The days with the highest fatality numbers for April were Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays with nine a piece.

Sundays only had six fatalities for April.

According to the press release, only six of the total fatalities were alcohol-related in the opinion of the investigating officer. Thirty-one of the fatalities were male and 17 were female.

Thirty-nine of the victims were from Oklahoma and nine were from out of the state.

The release also listed the number of fatalities by age group.

The leading age group was the 21-30 year olds with 11 victims in that category. Twelve of the fatality victims were 20 or under. The 41-50 year old category had only seven fatalities.

According to the release, Jackson and Tulsa Counties led the state in fatalities with a fatality count of four each. McIntosh and Oklahoma Counties each had three fatalities.

There was one pedestrian fatality and two motorcycle fatalities in April.

According to the release, there have been 747 fatalities recorded for the year 2008 compared to 766 in the year 2007.

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