November 2002 - Monthly Fatality Report

Department of Public Safety officials report a decrease of 25 traffic fatalities in November for a total of 57, compared to 82 in the same month last year.

Six of the 57 victims were pedestrians and one was a motorcyclist which leaves the total of those killed in vehicle crashes at 50. The highest daily numbers include 15 deaths on Saturdays dropping to nine on both Wednesdays and Fridays. There were six 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 37 male and 20 female victims, and four of the fatalities were nonresidents of Oklahoma.

The leading number of deaths by age group was 15 in the 21- to 30-year-olds followed by eight in each of three categories including ages 17 to 20, 41 to 50 and 51 to 60. Oklahoma County led the state with a fatality count of eight followed by four deaths in Bryan, Delaware, Pottawatomie and Tulsa Counties.

Eighty percent of those who died in traffic crashes were not wearing safety belts at the time of the crash, according to DPS statistics. This month, failure to stop or yield was the number one cause of death, claiming the lives of 13 victims. Unsafe speed dropped to second with a total of 12, and seven people died because the driver traveled left of center or made an illegal pass of another vehicle.