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More than 400 fatalities so far on Colorado roads in 2017; 72 were motorcyclists

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Posted at 5:09 PM, Sep 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-14 19:11:26-04

DENVER — On Thursday, more than 400 people officially have died on Colorado roads in 2017, the continuance of a frightening trend in the state. 

CDOT officials told Denver7 400 people had died on the roads as of Wednesday, with additional fatalities on Thursday. 

In 2016, traffic deaths were up 24 percent; they rose to 605 deaths in the year. Frighteningly, motorcyclist deaths hit an all-time high, reaching 186 deaths in 2016 alone. 

Of the more than 400 traffic deaths in 2017, officials say at least 72 people were driving motorcycles when they died. 

Officials say it's impossible to predict traffic trends, but say they hope traffic deaths decrease from 2016. They say that starts with individual drivers who pay attention to the roads.

In 2016, officials said at least 60 lives would be saved each year if each person who got into a wreck wore a seat belt. 

Read more about efforts taken by CDOT in 2016 to decrease road deaths.