Located just a couple hours south of Fort Collins lies the city of Colorado Springs. While the town has become well-known in recent years for ushering in high tech and military businesses, there is another statistic the city has grown in: the increasing rise of car accidents. Although there are still a few months left in 2018, a recent news report from KKTV 11 News suggests the city will see the highest number of auto accidents on its roads in recent memory.
2017 set a previous record for the city for the highest number of fatalities on its roads. In 2017, 39 people lost their lives on the town’s roads, and 2018 is already on pace to exceed that record. As of August this year, there have already been 32 fatalities on Colorado Springs’ roadways. At this same point last year, there had only been 22 fatalities.
The Colorado Springs Police Department has found some similar patterns that could potentially play a role in the increased number of deaths. The police say the biggest issues they have had to contend with include aggressive and drunk driving, speeding and accidents involving pedestrians. The police have worked tirelessly to address these issues and inform the general public of the dangers certain behaviors pose. However, the police also require the aid of the community to help limit the number of deaths Colorado Springs sees every year.
What about Fort Collins?
Fort Collins has not been immune from the increase in traffic fatalities. The city set its own unfortunate record in 2017 with the highest number of traffic-related deaths in nearly a decade with a total of 14 individuals losing their lives on the city’s streets. While data is not currently available for 2018, there is a clear pattern that professionals can view around the state of Colorado. It is up to everyone to remain vigilant while on the road so that no one else has to needlessly die.