3:13 pm - Saturday December 17, 3960

Fatality Crash Statistics

Last year, 2012, proved to be a particularly bad year for drivers,
passengers and pedestrians alike.
Colorado Springs experienced 28 traffic crashes involving a death that
resulted in an astounding 31 fatalities. Eleven of those crashes
involved 13 pedestrian deaths.
In 7 of the 11 crashes involving pedestrians, the accident
investigation revealed that the pedestrian was the proximate cause of
the accident which resulted in 8 deaths. Alcohol or drugs played a
part in 6 pedestrian deaths.
The 2012 overall fatality rate was up 29% over the 2011 rate and up
32.5% over the past five year average. The 31 fatalities in 2013 was
the second highest rate in the past 16 years, with only the year 2000
experiencing more. Colorado Springs had 34 traffic related deaths
that year. The year 2006 had the lowest fatality rate with 13 traffic
related deaths. The average traffic related death rate for the past 16
years is 25.
Everyone plays a part in making the roadway safe. Drivers must not
drive while under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. Other tips
include: Always wear your seatbelt (every occupant/every time). Stay
alert, obey traffic laws and avoid driving while distracted. Remember
to look out for pedestrians, especially at all intersections.
Plan ahead and allow yourself enough time to get to your desired
location safely. Passengers are asked to remember that the driver’s
first responsibility is to operate the vehicle safely so do not to
distract them. Pedestrians are reminded that walking on the roadway
can be inherently dangerous. The safest place to cross a roadway is
in designated crosswalks, usually associated with a traffic light.
Cross only with the traffic or pedestrian light. Still, take the time
to look both ways before stepping out onto the roadway. Cross only
when safe; don’t cross if you have to run in order to avoid a vehicle.
If you must walk on the roadway, walk facing traffic. If at night,
wear light colored or reflective clothing and stay alert.
Colorado Springs has already experienced 4 traffic related deaths in
2013. If drivers, passengers and pedestrians would all work together,
we can avoid setting any new record high fatality rate.



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