June 4, 2012
Colorado is battling a growing number of highway fatalities this year and, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), the state plans to respond by stepping up efforts and enforcement of two safety campaigns.
During the first quarter of 2012, Colorado saw a dramatic 19 percent increase in the number of deaths on roadways compared to the same time frame the year before. In fact, there have been 127 fatalities in 2012 compared to 103 in 2011. While data from this year’s fatalities has not been examined, it is known that 41 percent of the fatal accidents in 2011 involved alcohol and 60 percent were because motorists weren’t properly restrained by a seatbelt.
In an effort to curb these numbers, the state has decided to increase its efforts in supporting the “100 Days Of Heat” and “Click It Or Ticket” safety campaigns. CDOT says that law enforcement hopes to educate the public on the dangers of drunk driving and not wearing safety belts. They plan to implement the campaigns by stopping offenders and making them more aware of the laws.
So far this year, more than 4,000 tickets were written for seat belt infractions since May 21, and 479 arrests have been made on suspicion of driving under the influence.