COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - The new year is off to a deadly start in Colorado Springs. Three people have been killed so far in traffic-related crashes. Last year was the deadliest year in the city's history. Now, authorities are doing what they can to stop that pattern from continuing this year.
Colorado Springs police say the problem is clear, but so are the solutions. Drivers need to pay attention behind the wheel, and pedestrians need to also be aware.
New evidence shows just walking across the street is getting more dangerous. A report from the Governor's Highway Safety Association shows the number of pedestrians killed in traffic jumped 11 percent in 2016 to nearly 6,000 deaths in the United States. It's the highest number in more than two decades.
Most recently, police investigated a crash where a person was hit in Colorado Springs Thursday afternoon. The pedestrian later died at the hospital. It happened around 4:25 p.m. at N. Circle Drive, just south of Galley Road.
"We always want to take a look at five-year trends, however, 2017 was deadly on our roadways. We finished that year with 39 fatalities," said Lieutenant Howard Black.
Law enforcement said 2017 was the deadliest year on record in Colorado Springs. Now, we're starting 2018 without pumping the brakes on those numbers. There have been 3 deadly accidents in the first 4 days of the new year.
"Having three fatalities so early in the year, obviously those aren't all pedestrians. We've had a pedestrian, we've had kind of a T-bone traffic accident, and then we had a single car rollover," said Black.
Police say three key factors are to blame: speed, distracted driving, and driving under the influence.