April 2002 - Monthly Fatality Report

Department of Public Safety officials report a decrease of nine traffic fatalities in April for a total of 43, compared to 52 in the same month last year.

Five of the 43 victims were pedestrians and one a motorcyclist which leaves the total of those killed in vehicle crashes at 37. The highest daily numbers included 10 deaths on Mondays dropping to seven on Sundays, Tuesdays and Fridays. There were eight deathless days in the month.

Eight of the vehicle crashes were alcohol-related in the opinion of the investigating state, were nonresidents of Oklahoma.

The leading number of deaths by age group was 11 in the 21- to 30-year age group, followed by eight among the 41- to 50-year-olds. Canadian and Kay Counties led the state with a fatality count of three followed by a total of two in Beckham, Blaine, Creek, Lincoln, McCurtain, Muskogee, Oklahoma, Payne, Pottawatomie and Tulsa Counties.

Sixty-five 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 continues be unsafe speed with a total of 13 deaths followed by three deaths because the driver traveled left of center and also due to failure to stop or yield.