July 2001 - Monthly Fatality Report

Department of Public Safety officials report a decrease of eight traffic fatality in July for a total of 50, compared to 58 in the same month last year.

Two of the 50 victims were motorcyclists and three were pedestrians which leaves the total of those killed in other vehicle crashes at 45. The highest daily numbers included 13 deaths on Fridays, dropping to nine on Sundays. There were six deathless days in the month.

Thirteen of the vehicle crashes were alcohol-related in the opinion of the investigating state, county or municipal officer. There were 37 male and 13 female victims, and five of the fatalities were nonresidents of Oklahoma.

The leading number of deaths by age group was 14 in the 21- to 30-year age group, dropping to eight in both 31- to 40-year-old and 41- to 50-year-old groups. Oklahoma County led the state with a fatality count of six followed by five in Tulsa County and then four in Grady County.

Eighty-one 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 be unsafe speed with a total of 11 deaths. Seven people died due to the driver failing to stop or yield, and six deaths were caused by the driver traveling left of center.