Motor vehicle crashes are the #1 cause of death in children and teenagers, and one of the leading causes of death for adults of all ages. In Colorado, motor vehicle fatalities have decreased significantly, but there is still much work to be done. This is why motor vehicle safety has been recognized as a priority by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment as well as by Tri-County Health Department.
In Adams, Arapahoe, and Douglas Counties, there were 25,797 crashes in 2011, resulting in 62 deaths and 2,427 injuries. Eleven (18%) of those who died were pedestrians, which is a higher proportion of deaths than seen statewide. Half (48%) of vehicle occupants who died were not restrained in a safety belt or child safety seat. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children and young adults ages 1-34.