According to a report released yesterday by the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), the total number of motor vehicle fatalities in Colorado increased for the second time in seven years in 2013, after steadily declining between 2007 and 2011. There were 481 motor vehicle fatalities in 2013, compared to 472 the year before. This year’s Problem Identification Report provides an annual description of motor vehicle crash characteristics within the state. The report shows that speeding-related fatalities, unrestrained passenger vehicle occupant fatalities, and fatalities with a driver impaired by alcohol accounted for the three largest proportions of the deaths in 2013. C-DOT is offering grants to communities to lower those numbers. The total projected funding available is $3.5 million and the average award amount typically ranges from $50,000-$75,000. Priority funding is given for projects that address key traffic safety issues in the state, including impaired driving, occupant protection, pedestrian safety, and distracted driving.