Statistics released by the Colorado Springs Police Department (CSPD) say there have been 23 traffic deaths from January 1 to June 22 of 2018. At this time last year there were only 14.
The preliminary statistics state 14 deaths are automobile related, three deaths are motorcycle related, five deaths are pedestrian related and one death involved a motorcycle.
Chemical tests for all crashes have not been completed yet, but so far eight of the 23 deaths are alcohol related, the statistics say.
Of the 14 automobile related crashes, seat belts were used in nine of them.
Of the three motorcycle crashes, two riders were wearing helmets and the other was not.
Excessive speed has also been a factor in several crashes in 2018. In three of the crashes speeds were clocked at more than 100 mph, the statistics show.
Of the five pedestrians killed this year, four were crossing the street illegally.
Also, eight of the 23 deaths in 2018 have come while a car was attempting a left turn.
CSPD urges citizens to not drink a drive, buckle up, slow down and overall be cautious on the roads.
The 100 days between Memorial and Labor Days are known as the “100 Deadliest Days on Colorado Roads.”