While Colorado’s traffic fatalities are down slightly (8 percent) during the first five months of 2014 compared with last year, the Colorado Department of Transportation, Colorado State Patrol and law enforcement throughout the state remain committed to stopping two major causes of traffic deaths: impaired driving and driving unbuckled.
During a recent seat belt enforcement campaign running from May 12-25, 7,554 seat belt violations were reported to CDOT. But even with the heightened Click It or Ticket education and enforcement, 10 fatalities involving people not wearing seat belts occurred during that period, a 25 percent increase from the same enforcement period in 2013.
“These statistics aren’t just numbers. They represent the lives of mothers, fathers, sons, daughters and friends,” said Darrell Lingk, director of the Office of Transportation Safety at CDOT.
Over Memorial Day Weekend, through The Heat Is On DUI enforcement period, law enforcement removed 397 impaired drivers from Colorado roadways. During this year’s holiday DUI enforcement period May 23-27, two alcohol- and/or drug-related fatalities occurred in the state, representing a 67 percent decrease in fatalities from the same time period in 2013.
Enforcement will continue through the summer.
NoDUIColorado.org includes tips, an online Blood Alcohol Content calculator that helps indicate BAC levels based on gender, weight, alcohol consumed and time. Facts about marijuana and driving are also listed on the website, as well as an interactive map with the latest enforcement data by county.