(COLO) – Heading into the final weeks of summer, the Colorado State Patrol is sending a stern reminder to motorists and pedestrians that roadways are often more congested during warmer months with longer daylight hours. Looking at Colorado State Patrol crash data from 2022, injury and fatal crashes involving pedestrians increased dramatically in July, with the peak months being August and September.
“Whether these numbers are due to kids returning to school or our desire to soak up the last few weeks for a warm bike ride or evening walk, troopers saw dozens of crashes involving pedestrians during this same time last year,” stated Col. Matthew C. Packard, chief of the Colorado State Patrol. “Drivers and pedestrians are responsible for ensuring that we share the roads so everyone can reach their destination safely.”
This has prompted the Colorado State Patrol to launch a three-month campaign, “Look Again, CO!” directed towards pedestrians and drivers to educate and build awareness about safety around school zones, crosswalks and all forms of roadways. A particularly important message to motorists will focus on speeding in neighborhoods and areas designated for pedestrians.
Looking at fatal and injury crashes involving pedestrians or bicyclists investigated by the Colorado State Patrol neighborhood streets or rural roads were the most common locations where crashes occurred. Wednesday through Saturday had the most pedestrian/bicycle crashes, with the highest frequency of crashes occurring during the 7 a.m. hour, the typical lunch hours 11 – noon, and the 7 p.m. hour.
“Staying alert is a key component in solving this community problem,” stated Chief Packard. “Do not allow technology, other people or food to take your attention away from where it needs to be when you are driving, walking or biking on a road. Look, listen and watch out for each other!”
Troopers continue to take a low-tolerance approach to the top fatal crash factors, including lane violations while launching a yearlong campaign called “Drive Safe.” This campaign reminds people to control their lane position based on their current driving environment.
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