September 2000 - Monthly Fatality Report

Department of Public Safety officials report a decrease of 16 traffic fatalities in September for a total of 51, compared to 67 in the same month last year.

Five of the 51 victims were pedestrians and three were motorcyclists. The highest in daily numbers included 17 deaths on Fridays, dropping to 10 on Saturdays. There were six deathless days in the month.

Nine of the vehicle crashes were alcohol-related in the opinion of the investigating state, county or municipal officer. There were 34 males and 17 female victims, and six of the fatalities were nonresidents of Oklahoma.

The leading number of deaths by age group includes 13 victims in the 31- to 40-year-old age group, followed by 10 in the 21- to 30-year-old group. Tulsa County led the state in number of fatalities with a total of six, decreasing to five in McIntosh County and four in Oklahoma County.

Sixty-seven 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 unsafe speed resulting in 14 deaths, followed by eight deaths for failure to stop or yield and four because the driver travelled left of center .

These statistics are as of September 30 with a statewide total of 486 deaths, a decrease of 64 compared to 550 for the same time last year.