Recent Streetsblog DENVER posts about traffic violence

Street safety advocates watch as Gov. Jared Polis wears a bike helmet while signing a bill into law that stiffens penalties against careless drivers who seriously injure vulnerable road users.

Colorado Is No Longer a Place Where Careless Drivers Get Away With Hurting People

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When careless drivers severely injure pedestrians, cyclists, police officers and other vulnerable road users, they will no longer drive away from the scene of a crash with nothing more than light penalty. Under Senate Bill 19-175, which Gov. Jared Polis signed into law this morning at the Denver Bicycle Cafe, Colorado became the 10th state to enact legislation that defines vulnerable road users and punishes drivers who hurt them more severely.
Councilwoman Debbie Ortega slowly reads the people killed at an event to remember the 88 people drivers killed on Denver streets since 2018. Photo: Andy Bosselman

At Event Remembering 88 Victims of Traffic Violence, Mayor Admits to Inadequate Response

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Dozens of cyclists and pedestrians walked and biked to a ceremony yesterday where they remembered the 88 people killed on Denver’s streets since January 2018. There, Mayor Michael Hancock admitted that the city isn’t doing enough to stop traffic fatalities and serious injuries. “Every one of those lives lost is unacceptable and preventable,” Hancock said before listing the […]