November 2000 - Monthly Fatality Report

Department of Public Safety officials report a decrease of 28 traffic fatalities in November for a total of 39, compared to 67 in the same month last year.

Six of the 39 victims were pedestrians which leaves the total of those killed in vehicle crashes to 33. The highest daily numbers included 10 deaths on Thursdays, dropping to seven on Wednesdays. There were 11 deathless days in the month.

Five of the vehicle crashes were alcohol-related in the opinion of the investigating state, county or municipal officer. There were 22 males and 17 female victims, and six of the fatalities were nonresidents of Oklahoma.

The leading number of deaths by age group was six in each of the 31- to 40-year-olds, 41- to 50-year-olds and 71 and over. Tulsa and County led the state with a fatality count of six, decreasing to four in both Mayes and Kay Counties.

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 the same three categories - unsafe speed resulting in almost half of last months total fatalities with 14 deaths, followed by five deaths because for failure to stop or yield and four deaths because the driver travelled left of center.

On November 30, the year's statewide total of traffic deaths was 601, a decrease of 87 from the total of 688 recorded for the same time period last year.