Colorado roadway deaths in 2017 surpass 2016 total, which saw the most in over a decade
615 people had died on Colorado’s roadways as of Tuesday
December 27, 2017
Colorado has recorded more roadway deaths this year than it did in 2016 — a year that saw the most such fatalities in more than a decade and prompted alarm from state transportation officials.
The 2017 number includes the three people who died Monday night, when, according to authorities, an 86-year-old Wheat Ridge man drove the wrong way down Interstate 70 before slamming head-on into a pickup truck. A fourth person was seriously hurt.
The tally also includes a 19-year-old Longmont woman killed last week in a single-vehicle crash in southwestern Colorado.
Preliminary data show an increase in deaths from crashes involving impairment and people not being properly restrained with a seat belt, CDOT's traffic-safety program spokesman Sam Cole said earlier. A full analysis of the numbers won't be completed until sometime next year.
However, Cole pointed at the decrease in motorcycle deaths and the decline in the year-over-year increase rate of people killed on Colorado's roads as positives.