February 2003 - Monthly Fatality Report

Department of Public Safety officials report a decrease of two traffic fatalities in February for a total of 38, compared to 40 in the same month last year.

Four of the 38 victims were pedestrians which leaves the total of those killed in vehicle crashes at 34. The highest daily numbers include seven deaths each on Thursdays and Fridays. There were five deathless days in the month.

Seven of the vehicle crashes were alcohol-related in the opinion of the investigating state, county or municipal officer. There were 29 male and 9 female victims, and six of the fatalities were not residents of Oklahoma.

The leading number of deaths by age group was nine in the 41- to 50-year-olds followed by eight each in the 31- to 40-year-old and 21- to 30-year-old category. Tulsa County led the state with a fatality count of four followed by two deaths in Carter, Creek, Delaware, Leflore, Muskogee, Pontotoc, Seminole and Stephens Counties.

Sixty-three 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 eight victims. Unsafe speed dropped to second with a total of four, and driving left of center was the cause in four other fatality collisions.