After analyzing traffic statistics compiled by The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Bachus & Schanker created a detailed report on DUI fatalities in the state. The report covers the period from 2005 to 2009, and contains some good news. Unfortunately, it’s counterbalanced by some bad news about alcohol-related traffic fatalities.
Alcohol-related deaths in the state have steadily declined since 2005. From 2008 to 2009 alone, overall traffic deaths decreased by 17.8 percent while alcohol-related traffic deaths decreased by 8 percent. This is thanks, in part, to drunk driving awareness programs like Tie One On For Safety, administered by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), an organization Bachus & Schanker is proud to support.
The statistics also revealed some alarming trends. While counties such as Yuma, Jackson, and Rio Blanco saw a significant decline in alcohol-related fatalities from 2008 to 2009, Fremont, Mesa, and Larimer counties had a 100 percent increase in fatalities where alcohol-impaired drivers were involved.
Particularly disturbing, though, was the number of traffic deaths in Jefferson County from 2005 to 2009. With 84 traffic deaths, it is the deadliest county in the state. On a positive note, however, during that same period, the number of alcohol-related traffic deaths in Jefferson County decreased by 67 percent. And from 2008 to 2009, the number dropped by 47 percent.
The report also reveals some interesting facts about drinking and driving victims. According to the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), a part of the NHTSA, in 2009, more than 75 percent of traffic deaths involving alcohol-impaired drivers occurred at night. In addition, men are four times more likely to die in accidents with drunk drivers.
The state of Colorado should be very proud that the number of DUI fatalities continues to decrease over time. However, some counties still have some work to do. Until drunk driving is completely eradicated, Bachus & Schanker is here to help if you or a loved one is injured in a car accident with a drunk driver.