October 2000 - Monthly Fatality Report

Department of Public Safety officials report a decrease of two traffic fatalities in October for a total of 68, compared to 70 in the same month last year.

Five of the 53 victims were pedestrians and four were motorcyclists. The highest daily numbers included 15 deaths on Sundays, dropping to 14 on Tuesdays. There were four deathless days in the month.

Twelve of the vehicle crashes were alcohol-related in the opinion of the investigating state, county or municipal officer. There were 46 males and 22 female victims, and seven of the fatalities were nonresidents of Oklahoma.

The leading number of deaths by age group includes 14 victims in the 31- to 40-year-olds, followed by 11 in the 41- to 50-year-old age group. Tulsa and Payne Counties led the state with a fatality count total of six, decreasing to five in Major County.

Sixty 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 continues to be unsafe speed resulting in 22 deaths, followed by seven deaths because the driver travelled left of center, and five died due to failure to stop or yield.

On October 31, the year's statewide total of traffic deaths was 560, a decrease of 61 from the total of 621 recorded for the same time period last year.