Denver has one of the highest pedestrian traffic deaths in the U.S.

Denver has one of the highest pedestrian traffic deaths in the U.S.

Pedestrian traffic deaths increased a dramatic 35 percent in the United States from 2008 to 2017, but it’s not all bad news for the growing safety concern nationwide.

Colorado ranks 25th in the country for most pedestrian traffic deaths in the first six months of 2018, according to a new report from the Governors Highway Safety Association.

The safety organization looked at pedestrian traffic deaths in every state to see which had the highest rates. The group then broke down the information by a total number of fatalities, fatality rates per 100,000 people, and the percent change from the same time period in 2017.

Compared to other states, Colorado has average traffic fatality rates — we aren’t among the worst states, but we aren’t among the best either:

  • Number of pedestrian traffic deaths: 34
  • Pedestrian traffic fatalities per 100,000: 0.60
  • Percent change from 2017 to 2018: Down 8 percent

The study found that based on the number of pedestrian fatalities during the first six months of 2018, along with reports from prior years, there were a projected 6,227 pedestrian deaths in 2018, which is an estimated 4 percent increase from 2017.

Our state isn’t taking a backseat approach to aid with the growing problem.

“The Colorado Highway Safety Office funds two large metro pedestrian enforcement grants and one community education grant,” the report read. “The City and County of Denver have highlighted pedestrian safety in its Vision Zero plan.”