May 1999 - Monthly Fatality Report

Department of Public Safety officials report a decrease of five traffic fatalities in May for a total of 62, compared to 67 in the same month last year.

There were 15 single-vehicle fatality crashes and 24 two-vehicle crashes reported. Five of the 62 victims were pedestrians and two were motorcyclists. Twenty-two people died on Saturdays dropping to 10 on both Fridays and Sundays, with six deathless days in the month.

Seven of the 50 fatality crashes were alcohol-related in the opinion of the investigating state, county or municipal officer. There were 42 male and 20 female victims, and four of the fatalities were nonresidents.

The leading number of deaths by age group includes 13 victims in the 21- to 30-year-old age group, decreasing to nine in the 17- to 20-year-old and 51- to 60-year-old groups. Six deaths occurred in the 10-year-old and under category. Tulsa County led the state in total fatalities with six, followed by five in Canadian, Oklahoma and Pottawatomie Counties. The remaining counties showed single digits.

Sixty percent of those who died were not wearing safety belts at the time of the crash, according to DPS statistics. The three leading causes of fatal traffic crashes continues to be the same; eleven people died in crashes caused by driving at unsafe speeds, eight deaths were due to driving left of center, and six died because the driver failed to yield or stop.

"There are more travelers on the road during the summer months," said First Lieutenant Stewart Meyer. "We continue to urge drivers to slow down, be attentive and wear those safety belts."