Colorado sees 10 percent increase in traffic deaths in 2015 |

Colorado sees 10 percent increase in traffic deaths in 2015

Elizabeth Hernandez
The Denver Post

Despite Colorado’s 2015 pledge to achieve a year with zero traffic deaths, the state has seen the highest number of traffic fatalities since 2008, officials said Tuesday.

Last year, 545 people died in Colorado traffic accidents, compared to 488 traffic deaths in 2014, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation. It was the first year since 2008 that Colorado had recorded more than 500 traffic deaths.

The 13.3 percent increase in fatalities over 2014 is the highest year over year increase since 2002. In 2002, 743 people died in traffic accidents. The lowest since then was 447 fatalities in 2011.

There were a record 104 motorcycle fatalities in Colorado in 2015; it was 10 more than in 2014. Another record for the state was the 14 people killed on bicycles.

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