August 2002 - Monthly Fatality Report

Department of Public Safety officials report a decrease of five traffic fatalities in August for a total of 62, compared to 67 in the same month last year.

One of the 62 victims was a pedestrian and two were motorcyclists which leaves the total of those killed in vehicle crashes at 59. The highest daily numbers include 18 deaths on Saturdays dropping to 10 on both Tuesdays and Fridays. There were two deathless days in the month.

Ten of the vehicle crashes were alcohol-related in the opinion of the investigating state, county or municipal officer. There were 39 male and 23 female victims, and 11 of the fatalities were nonresidents of Oklahoma.

The leading number of deaths by age group was 11 in the 17- to 20-year-old and the 31- to 40-year-old age groups, followed by 10 in the 21- to 30-year-olds. McClain County led the state with a fatality count of seven followed by six deaths in Bryan County.

Fifty-eight 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 dominate as the leading cause of death with 15 victims last month. Eleven people died because the driver failed to stop or yield.