Traffic fatalities climb 19 percent in 2012 |

Traffic fatalities climb 19 percent in 2012

Daily News staff report

Traffic deaths were up 19 percent in the first four months of 2012 compared to last year, according to data from the Colorado Department of Transportation.

There were 127 fatalities reported to CDOT between January and April of this year, up from just 103 in the same time period in 2011.

In 2011 41 percent of Colorado’s fatalities involved alcohol and 60 percent of vehicle occupants killed were not wearing seatbelts, according to a statement from CDOT.

“These statistics aren’t just numbers – they represent the lives of mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, friends and just this week, a police officer,” said Col. James Wolfinbarger, chief of the Colorado State Patrol. “It’s time that Coloradans say ‘enough is enough’ and demand an end to impaired driving, distracted driving, speeding and aggressive driving. It’s time we take responsibility to wear our seat belts, make sure our passengers do the same and protect children in the proper car seat or booster seat.”

A national “Click It or Ticket” campaign continues through the weekend.

More than 4,000 seatbelt citations have been reported to CDOT since the campaign began May 21.

The annual DUI crackdown campaign “100 Days of Heat” kicked off over Memorial Day Weekend with 479 DUI arrests reported statewide, according to the statement.

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