Traffic Violence Report: 541 Crashes, 3 Serious Injuries Last Week

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Drivers caused 541 crashes on Denver’s streets last week, sending three people to the hospital with serious injuries, according to preliminary police statistics. Compared to a year ago, there were 523 crashes, 3.3 percent fewer.

Although there were no fatalities since last week’s Traffic Violence Report, the increasing number of crashes highlight the lack of progress Denver officials have made toward the city’s Vision Zero pledge to end all traffic fatalities and serious injuries by 2030.

At an event last week to remember the 88 people killed on Denver’s streets since 2018, Mayor Michael Hancock admitted that the safety improvements the city added to its streets last year were inadequate.

“That’s not enough,” he said. “And certainly not fast enough.”

The city is failing to set aside enough funding for Vision Zero projects, according to street safety advocates. Members of the Denver Streets Partnership recently asked the mayor to budget more and step up the city’s progress.

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