August 2003 - Monthly Fatality Report

Department of Public Safety officials report a decrease of 20 traffic fatalities in August for a total of 61, compared to 81 in the same month last year.

Two of the 50 victims were pedestrians and one a motorcyclist which leaves the total of those killed in vehicle crashes at 58. The highest daily numbers include 14 deaths on Sundays dropping to 13 on Fridays. There were six deathless days in the month.

Fourteen of the vehicle crashes were alcohol-related in the opinion of the investigating state, county or municipal officer. There were 48 male and 13 female victims, and eight of the fatalities were not residents of Oklahoma.

The leading number of deaths by age group was 19 in the 21- to 30-year-olds followed by 12 in the 31- to 40-year-old category. McIntosh and McClain Counties both led the state with a fatality count of seven followed by five deaths in Oklahoma County.

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 19 last month. Eight people died because the driver traveled left of center and four failed to stop or yield.