From January 1, 2018, through June 22, 2018, the Colorado Springs Police Department (CSPD) has investigated 23 fatal traffic collisions in Colorado Springs. Preliminary collision information from the Major Accident Unit indicates:
- 14 fatalities are automobile-related; 3 fatalities are motorcycle-related; 5 fatalities are pedestrian-related; and 1 fatality is bicycle-related.
- Chemical tests for some of the collisions have not been completed; however, of the 23 fatalities this year, 8 are alcohol-related.
- Of the 14 automobile fatalities, seatbelts were used in 9 of them. Of the 5 fatalities where seatbelts were not used, 4 of them were ejected from their vehicles.
- Of the 3 motorcycle fatalities, 2 were wearing helmets and 1 was not.
- Excessive speed has been a factor in several fatalities in 2018. In 3 of the collisions, speed in excess of 100 miles per hour was a factor.
- Of the 5 pedestrians killed this year, 4 were crossing the street illegally.
- 8 of the 23 fatalities in 2018 have come while a vehicle was attempting a left turn.
Traffic safety and preventing fatalities on our roadways is a community issue we must all be involved in. CSPD reminds all citizens:
- Do not drink and drive – the results can be disastrous. If you consume alcohol, have a designated driver, call a cab, or have another safe method for getting home.
- Buckle up! Seatbelts save lives and, in the event of a collision, may prevent you from being ejected from your vehicle. Persons ejected from a vehicle during a collision are almost certain to suffer serious injury.
- Slow down! Excessive speed endangers you, your passengers, other drivers, and the community as a whole.
- If you are a pedestrian, cross the street at approved crosswalks. Don’t jaywalk – vehicles in the roadway may not see you.
- Be aware when you are driving at all times, especially when making a turn. Turning vehicles may encounter pedestrians or other unexpected roadway hazards.
In the near future, CSPD will participate in community events and media releases aimed at reducing traffic collisions in our city. Remember – pay attention and be safe. Your life – and the lives of others – depend on it.