May 2000 - Monthly Fatality Report

Department of Public Safety officials report a decrease of 11 traffic fatalities in May for a total of 56, compared to 67 in the same month last year.

Two of the 56 victims were pedestrians. The highest daily numbers included 12 deaths on Fridays, dropping to nine on Sundays and eight on Mondays and Saturday. There were five deathless days in the month.

Thirteen of the vehicle crashes were alcohol-related in the opinion of the investigating state, county or municipal officer. There were 38 male and 18 female victims, and eight of the fatalities were nonresidents of Oklahoma.

The leading number of deaths by age group includes twelve victims in the 21- to 30-year-old age group, followed by 11 in the 31- to 40-year-old age group. Tulsa County led the state in number of fatalities with a total of four, followed by three in Choctaw, Haskell, Jefferson, Oklahoma and Ottawa Counties.

Seventy-four 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 cause of fatal traffic crashes was unsafe speed resulting in 13 deaths, followed by eight deaths due to failure to stop or yield and five because the driver travelled left of center.