Traffic Violence Report: 2019 Fatalities Mapped

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Last week, one person died in a car crash on E. Colfax Avenue and Colorado Boulevard, bringing the total number of traffic fatalities in Denver to 33, sharply higher than the 26 people killed on the city’s streets at this point last year. The increase runs against to the city’s Vision Zero goal to eliminate all traffic fatalities by 2030.

This week, we introduce an interactive map that allows readers to see where traffic fatalities have happened this year. Users can open it in a new window to zoom in on each incident to see the name of the victim and what kind of crash happened.

The map also visualizes trends. Fatalities on Alameda Street, Federal Boulevard and especially Colfax Avenue show Denver’s failure to address street safety on its high-injury network, the five percent of streets where half of all traffic deaths take place. Despite repeated calls for fast, inexpensive road treatments which could save lives, Denver officials continue to drag their feet before approving a $6 million request the Denver Streets Partnership says could start to address these fatalities next year.



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