January 2000 - Monthly Fatality Report

Department of Public Safety officials report an increase of three traffic fatalities in January for a total of 52, compared to 49 in the same month last year.

Four of the 52 victims were pedestrians and the highest daily numbers included 15 deaths on Sundays, dropping to 11 on Saturdays, with a total of 11 deathless days in the month.

Forty-eight of the 52 traffic fatalities died as a result of vehicle crashes. Nine were alcohol-related in the opinion of the investigating state, county or municipal officer. There were 36 male and 16 female victims, and four of the fatalities were nonresidents of Oklahoma.

The leading number of deaths by age group includes 12 victims in the 41- to 50-year-old age group, decreasing to 10 in the 21- to 30-year-olds. Oklahoma County led the state in total fatalities with a total of four, followed by five in Leflore County and four in Tulsa County.

Eighty-one 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 six, and another six deaths were because the driver traveled left of center or passed illegally. These three categories continue to be the leading cause of traffic-related deaths in Oklahoma.