August 2001 - Monthly Fatality Report

Department of Public Safety officials report a decrease of three traffic fatality in August for a total of 61, compared to 64 in the same month last year.

Four of the 61 victims were motorcyclists and four were pedestrians which leaves the total of those killed in other vehicle crashes at 53. The highest daily numbers included 14 deaths on Fridays, dropping to 11 on Mondays. There were four 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 39 male and 22 female victims, and two 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 12 in both 31- to 40-year-old group. Tulsa County led the state with a fatality count of seven followed by six in Oklahoma County.

Eighty-three 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 16 deaths. Seven people died due to the driver failing to stop or yield, and four deaths were caused by the driver travelling left of center.