This morning Denver Police Chief Paul Pazen stood before a row of motorcycle cops to announce that nine new officers will beef up the city's traffic enforcement efforts. The move aims to cut the city's road deaths, which is increasing dramatically.
Denver will continue investing in its goals around transportation and the climate crisis under the mayor’s 2020 budget proposal. But the $1.49 billion operating budget also braces the city for an economic slowdown.
This week's Traffic Violence Report looks at the 16,552 crashes in Denver so far this year and breaks them down into several categories, including a 31% increase in fatalities and a 29% increase in serious injuries.
A group of eight people wearing gigantic eyeball masks high-fived pedestrians and danced at the corner of Speer Blvd. and Larimer Sts. this morning. The event intends to cut pedestrian fatalities in the state by urging people to make eye contact with drivers before crossing the street.
Today Denver reduced the speed limit from 35 to 30 mph on a stretch of East Evans Avenue from Federal Boulevard to Huron Street. The safety measure is one of Denver's efforts to cut serious injuries and fatalities on the city's streets, but most drivers disregarded the new speed limit.