April 2001 - Monthly Fatality Report

Department of Public Safety officials report a decrease of 11 traffic fatalities in March for a total of 47, compared to 58 in the same month last year.

Two of the 47 victims were pedestrians and two were motorcyclist which leaves the total of those killed in vehicle crashes at 43. The highest daily numbers included 13 deaths on Fridays, dropping to nine on both Sundays and Mondays. There were seven 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 30 male and 17 female victims, and four of the fatalities were nonresidents of Oklahoma.

The leading number of deaths by age group was 10 in the 17- to 20-year-olds, dropping to seven in both the 21- to 30-year-old and 31- to 40-year-old groups. Tulsa and Kingfisher Counties led the state with a fatality count of five followed by three in Cleveland, Kay, Leflore and Tulsa Counties.

Seventy-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 cause of fatal traffic crashes was unsafe speed with a total 10 deaths. Seven people died because the driver traveled left of center, and an additional seven deaths were a result of failure to stop or yield.