February 2004 - Monthly Fatality Report

Traffic fatalities for February were down compared to last year, according to the Department of Public Safety. Forty-nine died on Oklahoma streets and highways last month, compared to 50 in February 2003.

Ten died on Saturdays and Sundays in February, followed by nine each on Wednesdays and Fridays. There were only seven deathless days in the month. Forty-seven of the 49 were Oklahomans and 2 were out-of-state residents. Ten of the fatality crashes were alcohol-related in the opinion of the investigating state, county or municipal officer.

There were 30 male victims and 19 female. The leading number of deaths by age were sixteen in the 21- 30 age group and twelve in the 41-50 age category with four aged 17-20.

Oklahoma County led the state in traffic-related fatalities for February with six. Tulsa County followed with five and Adair County reported four.

Seventy-seven percent of those who died in traffic collisions were not wearing safety belts at the time of the crash, according to DPS statistics. Last month unsafe speed was still the leading cause of traffic deaths, killing fourteen. Eight died when the driver went left of center or passed improperly.