June 2002 - Monthly Fatality Report

Department of Public Safety officials report a decrease of nine traffic fatalities in June for a total of 54, compared to 63 in the same month last year.

Three of the 54 victims were pedestrians and five were motorcyclists which leaves the total of those killed in vehicle crashes at 46. The highest daily numbers include 12 deaths on Sundays dropping to nine on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. There were eight deathless days in the month.

Six of the vehicle crashes were alcohol-related in the opinion of the investigating state, county or municipal officer. There were 34 male and 20 female victims, and five of the fatalities were nonresidents of Oklahoma.

The leading number of deaths by age group was 10 in the 21- to 30-year-old age group, followed by nine among the 41- to 50-year-olds. Kay County led the state with a fatality count of six followed by five deaths in Lincoln County.

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. Unsafe speed continues to dominate as the leading cause of death with 13 victims last month. Eleven people died because the driver failed to stop or yield followed by a total of three deaths due to improper turn.