Traffic fatalities continue to rise in June across Colorado

Posted at 12:26 PM, Jun 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-27 14:26:19-04

The last few weeks on many of Colorado’s roads have not been good. This month alone, 46-people statewide have been killed in auto accidents. 10-of those deaths have occurred in CDOT’s Region 2. Region 2 covers 14-counties, including El Paso and Pueblo counties.

As of June 25th, 263-people have died on Colorado’s roads since January 1st, 2018.

There are so many factors that come in to play when it comes to the shear number of deaths and traffic accidents in general. Drivers are being continually reminded by local law enforcement agencies, the Colorado State Patrol and even the Colorado Department of Transportation, about the hazards of distracted driving and driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

Many agencies just wrapped up a program called the "Summer Blitz" and the number of people arrested statewide is very disappointing. In a ten day period from June 15th, through the 25th, 383-people were arrested statewide. 

Colorado Springs led the state with the highest number of arrests, with that number coming in 40. Colorado Springs beat Denver by 9 arrests, with Denver logging 31. Pueblo had 13-arrests in that period.

"The Heat Is On" campaign begins on Friday, June 29th, and runs through Thursday, July 5th. Law enforcement agencies statewide take an active role in the campaign every year and the number of people arrested for driving under the influence is always staggering.

The Colorado Springs police are actively using social media to tell drivers about the dangers of distracted driving and to push home the point that there have been 23-traffic fatalities in Colorado Springs so far this year. 

Eight out of the 23-deaths were the result of a vehicle turning left into oncoming traffic. Four out of five pedestrian deaths were pedestrians crossing the street illegally.

The most important thing to remember when you’re behind the wheel of your vehicle is that you’re in control of your own actions. From texting and driving, to getting behind the wheel drunk or high. You can’t control the actions of the drivers around you, but if you’re paying attention, you may be able to avoid getting tied up in their poor choices.