Last Week: Motorists Inflicted Life-Changing Injuries on 5 People Walking, 1 Person Biking
Another week, another round of serious injuries for people just trying to move around the city on foot.
Motorists inflicted serious bodily harm on five pedestrians between August 20 and August 26, bringing the tally to more than 60 this year, according to the Denver Police Department. One bicyclist also suffered a life-changing injury after being struck by a driver.
Denver police officers spent the week responding to 433 crashes and arrested 33 people for driving drunk and/or high.
With this series, we aim to remind politicians, transportation officials, local media, and the public that the cost of inaction on traffic safety policies is extremely high. The longer it takes to redesign our car-centric streets, the more people will get hurt or killed.
The Hancock administration and Denver PD still lack a protocol for alerting the public to serious traffic collisions and tallying them accurately, despite the mayor’s ostensible commitment ending traffic deaths, announced more than two years ago. Hopefully documenting this information, gathered from Denver PD reports, will help drive change from decision-makers and elevate the profile of this public health crisis.