Colorado motorcycle fatalities down after historically deadly year


AURORA | Motorcyclist deaths are down 18% this year so far, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation. 

To date, there have been 59 motorcycle fatalities statewide. Colorado saw a record number of deaths on its roadways last year with 140 fatalities.

“Every one of these motorcycle crashes could have been prevented,” CDOT’s Transportation Safety Director Darrell Lingk said in a statement. “Taking a moment to check blind spots and using extra caution when pulling into an intersection can be the difference between life and death for a motorcyclist.”

Motorcycles only make up about 3% of registered vehicles in Colorado, according to state statics, but were 23% of all traffic fatalities in Colorado last year.

CDOT this week launched a campaign in an effort to keep fatalities low. 

Social media and radio ads are set to run across the state with a focus on El Paso, Jefferson, Adams, Arapahoe and Larimer counties where traffic officials say motorcycles crashes occur the most.

Last year, 26 deaths occurred in El Paso County. Jefferson County saw 15 deaths and Adams County saw 12.