February 2002 - Monthly Fatality Report

Department of Public Safety officials report a decrease of nine traffic fatalities in February for a total of 35, compared to 44 in the same month last year.

Three of the 35 victims were pedestrians and two were motorcyclists which leaves the total of those killed in other vehicle crashes at 30. The highest daily numbers included 11 deaths on Fridays dropping to eight on Saturdays. There were 10 deathless days in the month.

Four of the vehicle crashes were alcohol-related in the opinion of the investigating state, county or municipal officer. There were 27 male and 8 female victims, and one of the fatalities was a nonresident of Oklahoma.

The leading number of deaths by age group was 10 in the 21- to 30-year age group, followed by seven in three age groups including 17 to 20, 31 to 40 and 41 to 50. Oklahoma County led the state with a fatality count of six followed by three in both Pontotoc and Tulsa Counties.

Sixty-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 nine deaths. Six people died because the driver traveled left of center and four were due to failure to stop or yield.