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MOTORCYCLES

• Of the 488 fatalities in 2014, 94 were among motorcyclists, corresponding to a 8.05 percent increase from 2013.

• Motorcyclists accounted for 19.3 percent of the 488 fatalities in 2014.

• 63.8 percent of the motorcyclists killed in 2014 were not wearing helmets, a 20 percent increase from 2013.

• In 2014, there were 517 seriously injured motorcyclists.

• Seriously injured motorcyclists accounted for 16 percent of all individuals injured seriously.

• Of the 517 seriously injured motorcyclists, 54 percent (281) were not wearing a helmet.

• In 2014, the counties with the highest number of motorcycle fatalities were: El Paso (19), Jefferson (11), Adams (7), Denver (7) and Weld (7).

• In 2014, the counties with the highest number of unhelmeted motorcyclist fatalities were: El Paso (13), Denver (6), Jefferson (6), Adams (5) and Weld (4).

SPEEDING

• In 2014, there were 168 speeding related fatalities, corresponding to a 12 percent increase from 2013.

• Law enforcement officers indicated that speeding was the driver action, or specific law violation, leading to a crash in 7 percent of all crashes (fatal and serious injury) and 6 percent of all non-injury crashes in 2014.

• In 2014, the counties with the highest number of speeding related fatalities were: El Paso (18), Jefferson (17), Adams (16), Weld (14) and Denver (12).

YOUNG DRIVERS

• 73 of the 684 drivers involved in fatal crashes in 2014 were aged 15-20 years old (10.7 percent), a 14 percent increase from 2013.

• In 2014, 28 of the 321 drivers fatally injured in fatal crashes were drivers aged 15-20 years old.

• In 2014, the counties with the highest number of drivers aged 15-20 years old involved in fatal crashes were: Weld (12), El Paso (9), Denver (6), Boulder (5) and five counties with four young driver fatal crashes: Adams, Arapahoe, Douglas, Jefferson and Larimer.

PEDESTRIAN AND BICYCLE SAFETY

• Of the 488 fatalities in 2014, 63 were pedestrians, corresponding with a 26 percent increase from 2013.

• In 2014, the counties with the highest number of pedestrian fatalities were: Denver (13), Adams (8, Arapahoe (80), Jefferson (7) and El Paso (5).

• 10 of the 488 fatalities were bicyclists in 2014, compared to 12 bicyclists in 2013.

DISTRACTED DRIVING

• In 2014, 214,065 drivers were involved in a motor vehicle crashes in Colorado. Law enforcement officers reported a human contributing factor for 61,820 (28.9 percent) of the drivers.

• Distraction is one of the specified human contributing factors and was recorded as the human contributor factor for 30,929 drivers, corresponding to 50 percent of drivers reported with a human contributor factor related to the motor vehicle crash.

• In 2013, the Institute of Transportation Management at Colorado State University conducted a distracted driver study in Colorado and found that 15.6 percent of over 24,000 observed drivers were distracted.

OLDER DRIVERS

• 78 of the 684 drivers involved in fatal crashes in 2014 were 65 years and older (11.4 percent) a 17 percent decrease from 2013.

• In 2014, 41 of the 321 drivers fatally injured in fatal crashes were drivers aged 65 years and older.

• In 2014, the counties with the highest number of drivers aged 65 years and older involved in fatal crashes were Jefferson (11), Larimer (6), Weld (5), Arapahoe (4), Denver (4) and El Paso (4).

Colorado Department of Transportation 2016 Problem Identification Report



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