28 Traffic Deaths in Colorado So Far in 2016: Where They Happened and More

Additional photos and more below.
Additional photos and more below.
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Update, February 17: In the post below, we note that the number of traffic casualties for 2016 through February 8 was listed as 28, but pointed out that it would certainly rise given a fatal accident in Colorado Springs on Valentine's Day.

Turns out it wasn't the only one. Today, February 17, highway signs around the state are flashing a new 2016 casualty figure of 32 — an indication of how quickly the grim statistics move upward. Continue for our previous coverage.

Original post: During many, if not most, highway-related commutes these days, drivers will see a sign that reveals the current number of traffic deaths thus far in 2016.

The official figure through February 8 was 28, but it will change soon. We know of at least one fatality since then, in a crash that took place just after midnight on Valentine's Day in Colorado Springs.

What we don't learn, however, are any specifics about how these tragic events took place.

And while the Colorado Department of Transportation can't reveal the names of victims or the exact locations where the accidents took place for reasons of privacy, CDOT does share plenty of other data.

28 Traffic Deaths in Colorado So Far in 2016: Where They Happened and More
Colorado Department of Transportation

For instance, the department breaks down the accidents by drivers over or under 65, the number of passengers, bicyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians who died, and crashes by city and county, with specific reference to the number of incidents during which impairment is thought to have been involved.

Among the revelations: The vast majority of fatal crashes involve one casualty, rather than multiple ones, suggesting that many were single-car accidents — and around 25 percent of deaths are suspected of having been caused by an impaired driver.

Look below to see the most recent CDOT numbers.

And be careful out there.

28 Traffic Deaths in Colorado So Far in 2016: Where They Happened and More
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Colorado Fatalities by Person Type

Drivers Over 65: 1
3.6 percent of total

Drivers Under 65: 10
35.7 percent of total

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Passengers: 10
35.7 percent of total

Motorcycles: 3
10.7 percent of total

Pedestrians: 3
10.7 percent of total

Bicycles: 1
3.6 percent of total

28 Traffic Deaths in Colorado So Far in 2016: Where They Happened and More
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Fatal Crashes by City

Aurora
Number of Fatal Crashes: 1
Number of Casualties: 1

Broomfield
Number of Fatal Crashes: 1
Number of Casualties: 1
Number of Impairment-Related Fatal Crashes: 1
Number of Impairment-Related Casualties: 1

Colorado Springs
Number of Fatal Crashes: 1
Number of Casualties: 1

Commerce City
Number of Fatal Crashes: 1
Number of Casualties: 1



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