Preliminary findings show that one of Colorado’s top causes of death – motor vehicle-related fatalities – rose nearly 12 percent last year, marking the first time since 2008 that more than 500 deaths have been caused by car accidents in Colorado.Specifically, data recently released from the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) indicates that there were 545 car accident fatalities in 2015, as compared to 488 deaths in 2014. In 2008, there were reportedly 548 traffic-related deaths in Colorado.
Risky Behavior Is Leading Cause of Colorado Traffic Deaths, CDOT Reveals
Colorado has more than 3.8 million licensed drivers, and statistics show there’s a 1-in-7,000 chance a motorist will die in a traffic crash in 2016, based on predictive modelling, according to CDOT.
Based on the data, here are some of the top factors that contributed to traffic-related fatalities on Colorado’s roadways in 2015:
- 49% of passengers killed weren’t wearing a seat belt.
- 32% of fatal accidents involved alcohol impairment.
- 104 deaths impacted motorcyclists, many of whom weren’t wearing a helmet.
- 14 deaths impacted bicyclists.
- The counties with highest traffic-related death rates in 2015 included Jefferson County (56 deaths), Weld County (55 deaths), Denver County (49 deaths), and El Paso County (44 deaths).
CDOT officials also cite the economy and the low price of gas as playing a big role in the increased number of auto-related deaths in the state. And that’s because lower gas prices and more jobs mean more cars on the road, increasing the likelihood that crashes will occur.
Grass Roots Effort to Save Lives on the Road
CDOT plans to begin a grass roots-style campaign to save more lives on the road in 2016 (and beyond) by posting the year-to-date fatality totals on overhead digital billboards statewide every Wednesday.
Every fatality is one too many, which is why we are doubling down on our traffic safety outreach in 2016…For example, we know that at least 60 lives could be saved if everyone wore their seat belts. – CDOT Executive Director Shailen Bhatt during the campaign announcement
As part of the effort to inform and educate drivers across the state, CDOT has presented $3.5 million to nonprofit groups, law enforcement agencies, and local governments to create awareness programs aimed at preventing people from driving without buckling up, driving while impaired, and driving while distracted.
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