July 1999 - Monthly Fatality Report

Department of Public Safety officials report a decrease of 20 traffic fatalities in July for a total of 56, compared to 76 in the same month last year.

There were 17 single-vehicle fatality crashes and 16 two-vehicle crashes reported. Six of the 56 victims were pedestrians, three were motorcyclists and one bicyclist. Sixteen died on Saturdays dropping to 13 on Fridays and eight on Sundays, with eight deathless days in the month.

Five of the 46 fatality crashes were alcohol-related in the opinion of the investigating officer. There were 34 male and 22 female victims, and 12 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 eight in the 17- to 20-year-olds. Three deaths occurred in the 10-year-old and under category. Tulsa County led the state in total fatalities with eight, followed by six in Garvin County and five in Seminole County.

Seventy-one 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; 12 of the fatal crashes were due to unsafe speed, seven were because the driver traveled left of center and six failed to stop or yield.