June 2000 - Monthly Fatality Report

Department of Public Safety officials report a decrease of 31 traffic fatalities in June for a total of 37, compared to 68 in the same month last year.

One of the 37 victims was a pedestrian and two were motorcyclists. The highest daily numbers included 11 deaths on Thursdays, dropping to seven on Tuesdays and Saturdays. There were nine deathless days in the month.

Four of the vehicle crashes were alcohol-related in the opinion of the investigating state, county or municipal officer. There were 21 male and 16 female victims, and five of the fatalities were nonresidents of Oklahoma.

The leading number of deaths by age group includes seven victims in the 71 and older group, followed by six in the 41- to 50-year-old age group. Oklahoma County led the state in number of fatalities with a total of four, decreasing to two in each of eight counties including Comanche, Craig, Custer, Leflore, Murray, Rogers, Tulsa and Woodward Counties.

Almost 61 percent of those who died were not wearing safety belts at the time of the crash, according to DPS statistics. The leading cause of fatal traffic crashes was unsafe speed resulting in 12 deaths, followed by seven deaths because the driver trafelled left of center and five due to failure to stop or yield.

These statistics are as of June 30, marking the halfway point for 2000 with a statewide total of 299 deaths compared to 353 for the same time last year.