Ahead of Denver’s Ride and Walk of Silence, Our Traffic Violence Report Is Back

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Streetsblog’s regular Traffic Violence Report returns just after two people died last week on Denver roads. This year, drivers have already killed 26 people, far outnumbering the 15 traffic fatalities at this point last year.

Screen Shot 2019-05-14 at 12.22.12 PM2018 was a particularly deadly year on Denver’s streets. It finished with the number of road deaths increasing sharply, to 58, up from 50 in 2017. Last year’s rise in killing came two years after Denver made a Vision Zero commitment to end all traffic fatalities by 2030.

Tomorrow, the mayor, street safety advocates and other officials will gather to remember the 59 people killed last year at the annual Ride and Walk of Silence. The free event will meet at the City & County Building at 5:30 p.m. Those attending will bike or walk to Sunken Gardens Park for a ceremony.


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  • TakeFive

    So liberals fighting among liberals prevented passage of a distracted driving bill? Classic!!

    Arizona’s freshly minted bill allows for a grace period when officers will only write warnings. Tickets will start in 2021. With a lot of poor people down here a 1st violation will be $75 to $150 while a 2nd ticket would be $250. I’d agree that while $300 might not be an issue for the tech bros that’s quite a lot for many people.

  • Road Runner

    I think that the name “Traffic Violence Report” is way over the top.

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      • Michelle Roche

        How about, The Death Report then? Sorry if framing the driving of thousands of pounds of steel while texting, speeding or drinking as “violent” offends. With 88 people dead since Jan 2018 due to exactly this, I don’t know what else you could call it. People need to accept full responsibility when they choose to get behind the wheel. Doing anything less is violent and apathetic to the damage they can and do cause.

  • john

    maybe we should stop putting bike lanes in the middle of busy traffic patterns. Speer on the west side, I’m looking at you.

  • Camera_Shy

    Not to be morbid, but isn’t the “People hit by trains” number at two (or three) so far?
    Two people died in as many days at the end of Arpil.

    • Streetsblog Denver

      The coroner ruled one a suicide, which the DPD does not count as a traffic fatality. I believe that there have been other train fatalities this year, if so they must not fall within DPD’s jurisdiction. ^AB

      • Camera_Shy

        Thanks.

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