September 2001 - Monthly Fatality Report

Department of Public Safety officials report an increase of one traffic fatality in September for a total of 58, compared to 57 in the same month last year.

One of the 58 victims was a motorcyclists and two were pedestrians which leaves the total of those killed in other vehicle crashes at 55. The highest daily numbers included 16 deaths on Sundays, dropping to nine on both Thursdays and Fridays. There were four deathless days in the month.

Ten of the vehicle crashes were alcohol-related in the opinion of the investigating state, county or municipal officer. There were 41 male and 17 female victims, and six 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 10 in the 41- to 50-year-old group. Comanche County led the state with a fatality count of five followed by four in Cherokee County.

Just over half 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 both unsafe speed and failure to stop or yield with a total of 13 deaths each. Seven people died because the driver travelled left of center.