712 lives lost on Colorado roads in 2023

(COLORADO) — The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), Colorado State Patrol (CSP), and other road safety agencies will hold a press conference to address fatalities on Colorado roads, after a record high number of fatal pedestrian and bicycle crashes.

According to CDOT, 712 people were killed on Colorado roads in 2023, a decrease of 7% from 2022, which CDOT said was a record-breaking year for fatalities. While overall traffic deaths decreased in 2023, a record high number of pedestrian and bicycle deaths occurred on Colorado roads.

State officials are sharing plans to counter the rising trend in vulnerable road user (VRU) fatalities and efforts to decrease all traffic fatalities. These plans include CDOT’s new Shift into Safe campaign, the Advancing Transportation Safety initiative, Colorado’s 2023 VRU Safety Assessment, and continued collaboration with state agencies, law enforcement, local municipalities and safety advocates.

Planned projects include new safety campaigns and upcoming roadway improvements.

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