July 2002 - Monthly Fatality Report

Department of Public Safety officials report a increase of two traffic fatalities in July for a total of 69, compared to 67 in the same month last year.

Five of the 69 victims were pedestrians and 11 were motorcyclists which leaves the total of those killed in vehicle crashes at 53. The highest daily numbers include 14 deaths on Saturdays dropping to 13 on Thursdays. There were five deathless days in the month.

Nine of the vehicle crashes were alcohol-related in the opinion of the investigating state, county or municipal officer. There were 51 male and 17 female victims, and eight of the fatalities were nonresidents of Oklahoma.

The leading number of deaths by age group was 13 in the 17- to 20-year-old age group, followed by 11 in both the 21- to 30-year-old and 31- to 40-year-olds. Tulsa County led the state with a fatality count of eight followed by five deaths in both Atoka and Rogers Counties.

Forty-nine 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 19 victims last month. Ten people died because the driver failed to stop or yield followed by a total of eight deaths due to the driver traveling left of center or passing.