January 2001 - Monthly Fatality Report

Department of Public Safety officials report a decrease of 26 traffic fatalities in January for a total of 33, compared to 59 in the same month last year.

Two of the 33 victims were pedestrians which leaves the total of those killed in vehicle crashes at 31. The highest daily numbers included seven deaths on Fridays, dropping to six on Saturdays. There were 12 deathless days in the month.

Seven of the vehicle crashes were alcohol-related in the opinion of the investigating state, county or municipal officer. There were 27 male and 6 female victims, and four of the fatalities were nonresidents of Oklahoma.

The leading number of deaths by age group was six in the 51- to 70-year-olds, dropping to five in both the 21- to 30-year-old and the 31- to 40-year-old groups. Oklahoma and Tulsa Counties led the state with a fatality count of five each, followed by four deaths in Kiowa County.

Sixty-two 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 causes of fatal traffic crashes were unsafe speed with a total of nine deaths, failure to stop or yield resulting in five deaths, and four people died because the driver traveled left of center.