September 2002 - Monthly Fatality Report

Department of Public Safety officials report a decrease of three traffic fatalities in September for a total of 57, compared to 60 in the same month last year.

Four of the 57 victims were pedestrians, eight were motorcyclists and one a bicyclist which leaves the total of those killed in vehicle crashes at 44. The highest daily numbers include 12 deaths on both Sundays and Fridays dropping to seven on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. 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 39 male and 18 female victims, and seven of the fatalities were nonresidents of Oklahoma.

The leading number of deaths by age group was 14 in the 31- to 40-year-olds followed by 13 in the 21- to 30-year-olds. Oklahoma and Tulsa Counties led the state with a fatality count of five followed by four deaths in Caddo, Cherokee and Pottawatomie Counties.

Fifty-six 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 12 victims last month. Eight people died because the driver failed to stop or yield, and seven deaths were a result of the driver passing or travelling left of center.