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Struck in Colorado? Here's what the state is doing to help

Colorado is home to beautiful countryside sights and mountain ranges. It has exciting trails and fun activities. What it doesn't have, though, are the safest roads. That's why the Colorado Department of Transportation released its plan to reduce the number of traffic fatalities to as close to zero as possible within the state.

Using the Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP), the department believes that it's possible to reach zero fatalities yearly. The SHSP helps encourage people to drive, ride and walk safely. Between 2002 and 2012, Colorado's total traffic-related fatalities dropped 36 percent. Serious injuries dropped 35 percent. With an increase in residents and visitors within the state lines, this is truly an achievement.

The plan discusses how to invest in public safety related to the roadways between the years 2015 and 2019. The areas it focuses on include impaired driving, data collection, bicyclist and pedestrians, aging road users, occupant protection, the Distracted Driving Task Force, motorcyclists, young drivers and infrastructure.

Previously, the state didn't collect enough information on distracted driving, so it made efforts to create the current Distracted Driving Task Force to research and identify effective countermeasures to distracted driving.

In 2012, there were 474 fatalities and 3,257 reports of serious injuries. The overall goal of the plan is to reduce fatalities from the 548 reported in 2008 to 419 by 2019. Looking at the 2012 numbers, that isn't statistically out of reach.

With safety and education, the Colorado Department of Transportation hopes to limit your risk of being in a fatal crash. For now, if you're hit, reporting your injuries is vital for your health and safety. Our website has more on this important topic.

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