September 1999 - Monthly Fatality Report

Department of Public Safety officials report a decrease of 15 traffic fatalities in September for a total of 50, compared to 65 in the same month last year.

Three of the 50 victims were pedestrians and one was a motorcyclist. The highest daily numbers included 13 deaths on Thursdays, dropping to nine on Wednesdays and eight each on Fridays and Saturdays, with a total of seven deathless days in the month.

Nine of the 46 fatality crashes were alcohol-related in the opinion of the investigating state, county or municipal officer. There were 33 male and 17 female victims, and seven of the fatalities were nonresidents.

The leading number of deaths by age group includes 10 victims in the 31- to 40-year-old age group, decreasing to nine in the 21- to 30-year-olds. Mayes, Oklahoma, Sequoyah and Tulsa Counties led the state in total fatalities with four, followed by three in Delaware, Grady and Lincoln Counties.

Seventy-eight percent of those who died in traffic crashes were not wearing safety belts at the time of the crash, according to DPS statistics. The leading causes of fatal traffic crashes were eight due to unsafe speed, and unknown or no improper action; five because the driver failed to stop or yield; and three each due to traveling left of center or while passing, and the vehicle being considered unsafe to drive.