Denver, CO (PRWEB) August 30, 2012
Earlier this year, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) released preliminary findings of their annual first quarter highway and traffic fatality statistics, showing a 19 percent increase in traffic fatalities from Jan.1 through Apr. 30, 2012.The CDOT report shows a total of 127 traffic deaths in the first quarter this year compared to the 103 traffic deaths during the same time period in 2011.
If this trend in traffic fatalities continues throughout 2012, the increase in this year's total traffic fatalities will break a four-year consecutive decrease in lowering traffic deaths in Colorado. Law enforcement and safety officials throughout the state are concerned about the findings and are forcefully taking action.
Two programs have been launched recently to help offset the daunting statistics. Colorado auto accident attorney, Jennifer Donaldson, explains, "According to the 2011 CDOT crash statistics, last year 41 percent of Colorado's motor vehicle fatalities involved alcohol-related crashes and 60 percent of vehicle occupants killed were not buckled up. Colorado police have teamed up with CDOT to strictly enforce safety initiatives that aim to counteract the two greatest contributors to traffic deaths in Colorado: not wearing a seatbelt and drunk driving accidents."
Colorado's impaired driving program, called the "100 Days of Heat," runs simultaneously with the national DUI campaign, "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over." Over 90 law enforcement agencies and the Colorado State Patrol (CSP) plan to increase DUI patrols between Friday, August 17 and Tuesday, September 4. At least ten sobriety checkpoints will be situated throughout the state.
"The '100 Days of Heat' DUI crackdown is the most intensive DUI enforcement of the summer," says Denver DUI accident lawyer Jennifer Donaldson. "Officials are expected to continue high DUI enforcement through Labor Day weekend and will also be on the lookout for unbuckled drivers and passengers."
According to the CDOT website, since the campaign launched Memorial Weekend, Colorado law enforcement agencies have made over 1,301 DUI arrests. This year's aggressive seatbelt enforcement stemmed from last year's increase in the number people killed in traffic crashes without seatbelts, which was the first increase in a decade. During the 2012 national "Click It or Ticket" campaign, which lasted from May 21 to June 3, law enforcement agencies across the state issued an astonishing 8,777 seat belt citations to drivers.
"To our public servants, getting drivers and passengers to buckle up is the most effective way to save lives and prevent car accident injuries." Jennifer Donaldson continues, "DUI related accidents and not wearing your seatbelt can result in personal injuries with tremendous costs such as wage loss from inability to work, mounting hospital bills and other damages. If you think about it, a ticket is a small price to pay to avoid even greater losses such as these."
Jennifer Donaldson of The Law Office of Jennifer L. Donaldson has over twenty years experience as a Denver personal injury lawyer. She represents individuals suffering from serious injuries due to DUI related accidents, 18-wheeler accidents, motorcycle accidents, bus accidents and other car and commercial truck accidents throughout Denver and the surrounding areas such as Aurora, Englewood, Lakewood, Glendale, Commerce City, Westminster, Thorton, Berkley and more.