How Did People Die Last Year On Colorado Roads?

The Colorado Department of Transportation has released preliminary crash data for 2017, which indicates traffic fatalities in the state have increased by 29% since 2014. There were 630 traffic fatalities across the state last year, up 4% from 2016 when 608 people died.  Despite the states seat belt law, the data indicates 16 percent of Coloradans do not buckle up while in cars, making Colorado the 36th ranked state in the nation for seat belt use. 211 people, who were not wearing seatbelts, were killed last year in Colorado crashes, accounting for more than half of the 399 passengers killed in accidents in 2017. While traffic fatalities increased last year, deaths from motorcycle crashes fell by 20% with 101 deaths, down from the record of 125 fatalities that occurred in 2016.  Most motorcyclists killed were not wearing helmets. Pedestrian deaths rose for a second year in a row in 2017 to 93, up from 64 in 2015.  The data indicates that no fatal accidents occurred in Moffat County last year. In Routt County, 5 fatal accidents occurred last year, resulting in 5 deaths, 2 of those involved an intoxicated driver. 2 people died in separate accidents in Rio Blanco County last year. One of those involved a drunk driver. To view the report that breaks down the crash data by county, click here. 

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