It’s the deadliest year so far on Colorado Springs roads

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It has been a deadly year so far on Colorado Springs roads. A record-setting number of fatal crashes have happened through mid-December.

There have been 38 so far in 2017 — that’s a number that surpasses the previous record by ten in 2013.

It’s not just fatal wrecks on the rise; all other crashes are increasing too.

Here’s a look at traffic crashes for past five years. There’s a 2.1 percent increase from 2016 to 2017.

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

8,014

8,534

8,867

9,132

9,325

According to the Colorado Springs Police Department, some of the top reasons drivers crash include cell phone use, which is up by 12 percent from last year.

There are a few other factors police say have gone up too, including falling asleep at the wheel, aggressive driving, and trying to evade law enforcement.

Contributing Factors For Traffic Crashes:

Contributing Factor (Officer Opinion)

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

01 – ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL

55

57

62

55

70

02 – DRIVER FATIGUE

58

63

54

51

63

03 – ILLNESS / MEDICAL

77

71

38

60

42

04 – DRIVER INEXPERIENCE

594

576

529

499

447

05 – AGGRESSIVE DRIVING

199

111

102

192

163

06 – DRIVER UNFAMILIAR WITH AREA

202

191

217

219

150

07 – DRIVER EMOTIONALLY UPSET

34

50

42

31

33

08 – EVADING LAW ENFORCEMENT

19

23

21

27

33

09 – PHYSICAL DISABILITY

12

26

22

19

14

10 – DUI, DWAI, DUID

573

520

534

544

609

11 – DISTRACTED BY PASSENGER

127

91

85

96

70

12 – DISTRACTED BY CELL PHONE

97

113

135

119

133

13 – DISTRACTED BY RADIO

29

34

35

28

26

14 – DISTRACTED BY OTHER

641

514

419

394

362

“Focus on your driving. It’s so easy to be distracted especially in the city limits that so many things are happening on the side of the roads or on sidewalks,” said Lt. Howard Black with CSPD.

According to police, some of the most common areas for traffic crashes in Colorado Springs all line up with Interstate 25.

Top 25 Crash Locations by Frequency Only – 01/01/17 to 10/31/17

01/01/17 to 10/31/17 – Top 25 Traffic Accident Locations by Frequency

Rank

Location

Amount

1

I 25 / W CIMARRON ST

132

2

I 25 / S NEVADA AVE and S TEJON ST

98

3

I 25 / W BIJOU ST

89

4

I 25 / W GARDEN OF THE GODS RD

87

5

I 25 / E WOODMEN RD

78

6

I 25 / W UINTAH ST

71

7

I 25 / N NEVADA AVE, CORPORATE DR, S ROCKRIMMON BL

69

8

I 25 / W FILLMORE ST

57

9

N POWERS BLVD / BARNES RD

57

10

N ACADEMY BLVD / E PLATTE AVE

44

11

N POWERS BLVD  / DUBLIN BLVD

43

12

I 25 / S CIRCLE DR

40

13

I 25 / W FONTANERO ST

40

14

N ACADEMY BLVD  / AUSTIN BLUFFS PKWY

40

15

N POWERS BLVD / STETSON HILLS BLVD

39

16

N ACADEMY BLVD  / N CAREFREE CIR

37

17

I 25 / W USHY-24

34

18

S ACADEMY BLVD  / AIRPORT RD

33

19

W CIMARRON ST  / S 8TH ST

33

20

N POWERS BLVD / CONSTITUTION AVE

31

21

S ACADEMY BLVD  / E FOUNTAIN BLVD

30

22

AUSTIN BLUFFS PKWY / N UNION BLVD

29

23

E PLATTE AVE  / N MURRAY BLVD

29

24

N POWERS BLVD / S CAREFREE CIR

29

25

N ACADEMY BLVD  / DUBLIN BLVD

27

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