November 2001 - Monthly Fatality Report

Department of Public Safety officials report an increase of 26 traffic fatalities in November for a total of 69, compared to 43 in the same month last year.

Five of the 69 victims were pedestrians, three were motorcyclists and one died in an all-terrain vehicle accident which leaves the total of those killed in other vehicle crashes at 60. The highest daily numbers included 15 deaths on Wednesdays, dropping to 14 on Tuesdays. There were seven 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 46 male and 23 female victims, and 10 of the fatalities were nonresidents of Oklahoma.

The leading number of deaths by age group was 13 in the 31- to 40-year age group, followed by 12 in the 41- to 50-year-old group. Tulsa County led the state with a fatality count of six followed by four in each of three counties including Latimer, Mayes and Osage.

Forty-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 in the second and third highest causes of death with the driver failing to stop or yield and traveling left of center.