January 2003 - Monthly Fatality Report

Department of Public Safety officials report a decrease of 13 traffic fatalities in January for a total of 34, compared to 47 in the same month last year.

Three of the 34 victims were pedestrians which leaves the total of those killed in vehicle crashes at 31. The highest daily numbers include eight deaths on Thursdays dropping to seven on Fridays. There were 12 deathless days in the month.

Three of the vehicle crashes were alcohol-related in the opinion of the investigating state, county or municipal officer. There were 20 male and 14 female victims, and three of the fatalities were not residents of Oklahoma.

The leading number of deaths by age group was 10 in the 31- to 40-year-olds followed by nine in the 41- to 50-year-old category. Tulsa County led the state with a fatality count of five followed by four deaths in both Muskogee and Pushmatah Counties.

Sixty-four 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 be the number one cause for fatalities with a count of nine last month. Four people died because the driver traveled left of center and two due to failure to stop or yield.