October 2002 - Monthly Fatality Report

Department of Public Safety officials report an increase of one traffic fatality in October for a total of 60, compared to 59 in the same month last year.

Nine of the 60 victims were pedestrians and two were motorcyclists which leaves the total of those killed in vehicle crashes at 49. The highest daily numbers include 13 deaths on both Sundays dropping by one to 12 on Saturdays. There were five deathless days in the month.

Five of the vehicle crashes were alcohol-related in the opinion of the investigating state, county or municipal officer. There were 41 male and 19 female victims, and five of the fatalities were nonresidents of Oklahoma.

The leading number of deaths by age group was 13 in the 41- to 50-year-old followed by nine in the 31- to 40-year-olds. Tulsa County led the state with a fatality count of six followed by four deaths in both Oklahoma and Rogers Counties.

Fifty-seven 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 15 victims last month. Nine people died because the driver failed to stop or yield, and five deaths were a result of the driver passing or travelling left of center.