Motor vehicle crashes continue to be the #1 leading 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 been on the rise. Colorado Department of Transportation reports that traffic fatalities have risen by 24% since 2014. 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 31,114 crashes in 2016, resulting in 353 deaths and 7,938 injuries. Twenty-four (7%) of those who died were pedestrians, and of vehicle occupants who died fifty-eight (16%) 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.