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More than 70% of Colorado pedestrian fatalities occur in dark conditions

Source: Colorado Department of Transportation | February 20, 2024

According to data recently released by CDOT, pedestrian fatalities soared to a record high in 2023, representing 18.6% of Colorado’s total roadway deaths. The majority of last year’s pedestrian deaths occurred at night or during low-light conditions. With nearly three more weeks of short winter days and extended darkness, CDOT is urging drivers to be cautious and alert while driving at night.

“Pedestrians don’t go away when it gets dark out, especially this time of year when the sun sets early and rises late,” said CDOT’s Office of Transportation Safety Director Darrell Lingk. “We need a collective commitment from every road user to prioritize safety. Be alert, be aware of your surroundings and treat driving like the immense responsibility it is.”

In the last decade, pedestrian fatalities in Colorado have surged by 96%, with a 16% increase between 2022 and 2023.


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