COLORADO SPRINGS — The high number of traffic fatalities in Colorado Springs this year is a concern for Chief of Police Vince Niski.
Chief Niski was asked by the city council for a status report on traffic safety in the city and he said this a priority for the department.
City council members have been hearing from a lot of community members complaining about traffic safety.
Chief Niski said, so far this year, the number of citations, DUI's, and injury crashes are down, however, the number of people dying in crashes is way up to 46.
"The message we're really trying to get out is that this is a community issue," said Chief Niski. "This isn't an enforcement issue, the message we're trying to get out is everyone should be cognizant of their surroundings."
Chief Niski points out that nearly 25% of this year's fatalities were pedestrians hit by cars.