El Paso County
Road Safety Plan

El Paso County’s new Road Safety Plan will help position the County to reduce deaths and serious injuries in El Paso County and to make the County a safer place for all whether riding transit, walking, biking, or driving (or riding as a passenger) in a vehicle. This plan utilizes an innovative data-driven approach to improving safety in the County through first analyzing crash data for the region to understand where, why, and how crashes are occurring. This plan will guide El Paso County and partner agencies in improving safety through implementation of recommended countermeasures based on the safety data analysis, road safety audits, and a prioritized list of projects, ensuring the County continues in line with the state in their history of utilizing state and federal roadway safety dollars effectively in fatal crash reduction.

As a part of this effort, El Paso County will be conducting an analysis of safety data in the County, identifying priority locations for further analysis based on the results of the crash data analysis and stakeholder input, identifying countermeasure solutions for those priority locations, and conducting road safety audits at 10 priority locations. The project team will also develop a toolkit of best practices to address those key factors, create a prioritized list of projects, a resolution stating the County’s support for Towards Zero Deaths, recommendations for improving safety beyond infrastructure solutions, and a final report and implementation plan.

Throughout this process the County will work with transportation safety stakeholders, coordinate with state partners, and seek input from Colorado residents. For more information on various aspects of this project please click on the links:

Announcements

Share Your Safety Concerns!

Tell us your thoughts on road safety issues in El Paso County, and where you have experienced safety concerns.

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The El Paso County Safety Plan Final Vision and Mission

May 24th, 2021

Our final vision and mission for safety in the El Paso County region is available online!

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Stakeholder Meeting #3

August 3rd, 2021 - 01:30

Stakeholder Meeting #3 will be in August!

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Stakeholder Meeting #1 and #2

April 27th, 2021 - 03:00

Meeting presentation and notes are now online!

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Know the Road Facts

  • Every 7 seconds, someone is injured in a car crash.

  • Every 15 minutes, someone is killed.

  • Many of the crashes occur during the workday or the daily commute.

  • Crashes that happen during work-related activities represent 40% of all crashes.

  • Motor-vehicle injury costs were estimated at $445.6 billion. Costs include wage and productivity losses, medical expenses, administrative expenses, motor-vehicle property damage, and employer costs.

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"Unbuckled occupants in vehicles resulted in 22 fatalities in El Paso County so far this year. That accounts for roughly 66% of the 33 total passenger vehicle deaths in the county this year. El Paso County’s seat belt use rate currently sits at 87%; although that seems like a lot, that is still down from 90% in 2019”

-Kolby Crossley, Posted November 18, 2020.

El Paso Fatalities

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Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Fatality Analysis Reporting System

Fatalities Per 100,000 Population

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Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Fatality Analysis Reporting System

General Trend: Fatalities by Year (2011-2019)

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General Trend: Serious Injuries by Year (2011-2019)

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Unincorporated Area: Fatalities by Roadway Functional Class (2015-2019)

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Unincorporated Area: Average Injury Severity by Contributing Circumstance (2015-2019)

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Pedestrian and Bicycle Crash Type by Injury Severity (2015-2019)

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