Denver calling attention to hit-and-run epidemic

DENVER – Fifteen people lost their lives in auto-pedestrian crashes in Denver in 2013. As of June 1, seven people had already been killed in auto-pedestrian crashes, and four people have been killed in hit-and-run crashes in Denver. These statistics are why Denver Police, Denver Public Works and Mayor Michael Hancock are proclaiming June as "Heads Up" month.


The "Heads Up" campaign was launched in May 2013 to encourage commuters to keep their "Heads Up" and take responsibility for their actions when walking, biking or driving.

By the end of 2013, seven months after the campaign launched, hit-and-run statistics declined to the lowest they had been in three years. According to police statistics, there were 5,448 hit-and-run crashes in 2013 - 269 people were hurt and four people died.

Police statistics also show there were 529 auto-pedestrian crashes in 2013, and cyclists were ticketed in 44 percent of those crashes.

As of June 1, out of the 2,067 hit-and-run crashes in Denver, five people died and 99 people were injured.

In 2012, there were 6,678 hit-and-run crashes in Denver - 278 people were hurt in those crashes and 12 people were killed, according to Denver Police.

In a press release, Mayor Hancock said,

"Denver, we must work together to create a culture that embraces all modes of transportation and encourages all users to take responsibility for their actions while walking, biking or driving. We are a growing city that is becoming more multimodal every day. It is important to remind ourselves and those around us that we all need to do our part to keep our roads and walkways safe."

On Wednesday, there will be a news conference officially proclaiming June as "Heads Up" month, once again show the city's dedication to this program.

(KUSA-TV © 2014 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)


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