In 2022, 736 people lost their lives on Colorado roads - and many of those deaths were preventable.

Colorado's Attempt To Reduce Drunk Driving Fatalities

Colorado's first DUI enforcement period of the year is underway and there is a good reason why there will be 16 of these periods in 2023. Drunk drivers are making Colorado roads a dangerous place to be. Last year, these DUI enforcement periods resulted in over 4,500 arrests. On New Year's Eve, 143 drunk drivers were arrested in Colorado, and you have to believe there were plenty more that didn't get caught.

How Many People Died On Colorado Roads Last Year?

According to the Colorado Department of Transportation, in 2022, there were 271 impaired driving fatalities in Colorado, up from the 255 lives lost in 2021 because of drunk driving. These are real people who might still be alive today had someone not made the unfortunate and irresponsible decision to drink and drive.

Driving on Colorado highways is dangerous enough even when you are sober. Last year, Colorado had a whopping 736 traffic fatalities. Add drugs and/or alcohol to the mix and the odds of a catastrophic life-changing, life-ending event increases dramatically.

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What Colorado Had the Most Impaired Driving Fatalities?

Not that it should win a blue ribbon for being number one, but Adams County led the state last year with 35 impaired driving fatalities. El Paso County had the second highest number with 27, followed by Arapahoe County with 21.

Both Mesa County and Delta County were in the top 20 for impaired driving fatalities in 2022. It's way too many unnecessary deaths, and law enforcement agencies across the state are working hard to make our roads safer and to keep more people alive.

Colorado's Leading Counties For Drunk Driving

The state of Colorado recorded over 730 traffic fatalities in 2022. Of those fatalities, 271 involved impaired driving. Here is a look at the most dangerous counties in Colorado based on impaired driving fatalities. The number reflects how many impaired driving fatalities in 2022.

White Knuckle Your Way Down Colorado's Most Dangerous Roads

Slivers of asphalt cling to mountainsides with barely enough room for a subcompact car, let alone the monster RVs peppering the roadways. Blind corners leave even the most experienced drivers wondering what awaits around the bend. Let's not forget the thousand-foot drops with nothing between safety and impending doom but a thin slice of gravel -- talk about white knuckles.

If you're brave enough to "risk your life" for beautiful views, you won't be disappointed.

How many of these dangerous roads have you traveled in Colorado?

 

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