June 1999 - Monthly Fatality Report

Department of Public Safety officials report a decrease of 11 traffic fatalities in June for a total of 62, compared to 73 in the same month last year.

There were 14 single-vehicle fatality crashes and 20 two-vehicle crashes reported. Seven of the 62 victims were pedestrians, three were motorcyclists and one bicyclist. Fifteen died on Saturdays dropping to 13 on Fridays and eight on Thursdays, with eight deathless days in the month.

Three of the 48 fatality crashes were alcohol-related in the opinion of the investigating state, county or municipal officer. There were 43 male and 19 female victims, and 14 of the fatalities were nonresidents.

The leading number of deaths by age group includes 14 victims in the 21- to 30-year-old age group, decreasing to 10 in the 71- and over group. Nine died in the 31- to 40-year-old and 41- to 50-year-old age groups. Five deaths occurred in the 10-year-old and under category. Oklahoma County led the state in total fatalities with 10, followed by six in Tulsa County and five in Seminole County.

Forty-seven 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 and in June, officials report nine deaths in each category; unsafe speed, driving left of center and failure to yield or stop.