July 2000 - Monthly Fatality Report

Department of Public Safety officials report a decrease of 21 traffic fatalities in July for a total of 48, compared to 69 in the same month last year.

One of the 48 victims was a pedestrian and two were motorcyclists. The highest in daily numbers included 12 deaths on Saturdays, dropping to eight on Tuesday. There were 11 deathless days in the month.

Eleven of the vehicle crashes were alcohol-related in the opinion of the investigating state, county or municipal officer. There were 34 males and 14 female victims, and three of the fatalities were nonresidents of Oklahoma.

The leading number of deaths by age group includes 10 victims in the 17- to 20-year-old age group, followed by seven in the 21- to 30-year-old group. Tulsa County led the state in number of fatalities with a total of six, decreasing to four in Oklahoma County and three each in McClain and Rogers Counties.

Almost 64 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 cause of fatal traffic crashes was due to failure to stop or yield resulting in eight deaths, followed by seven deaths for unsafe speed and six because the driver travelled left of center .

These statistics are as of July 31 with a statewide total of 358 deaths, a decrease of 64, compared to 422 for the same time last year.