December 1999 - Monthly Fatality Report

Monthly Fatality Report Department of Public Safety officials report a decrease of eight traffic fatalities in December for a total of 51, compared to 59 in the same month last year.

One of the 51 victims was a pedestrian, one a motorcyclist and one a bicyclist. The highest daily numbers included 13 deaths on Fridays, dropping to eight on Thursdays, with a total of seven deathless days in the month.

Of the 45 vehicle crashes that killed 48 people, 10 were alcohol-related in the opinion of the investigating state, county or municipal officer. There were a total of 31 male and 20 female victims, and nine of the fatalities were nonresidents of Oklahoma.

The leading number of deaths by age group includes 12 victims in the 31- to 40-year-old age group, decreasing to 10 in the 21- to 30-year-olds. Hughes, Oklahoma and Tulsa Counties led the state in total fatalities with four each, followed by three in both Garvin and Payne Counties.

Sixty-five percent of those who died in traffic crashes were not wearing safety belts at the time of the crash, according to DPS statistics. The leading causes of fatal traffic crashes were due to unsafe speed resulting in 13 deaths, failure to yield or stop with eight, and another eight deaths were because the driver traveled left of center or passed illegally. These three categories continue o be the leading causes of traffic-related deaths in Oklahoma.