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Road fatalities in Colorado increase 11 percent in 2016

DENVER — More than 600 people died on Colorado roadways in 2016, the highest total in a decade.

According to statistics gathered by state transportation officials, 605 traffic fatalities occurred in 2016, an 11 percent increase from 2015. In 2015, 547 people died on Colorado roadways.

In Weld County, traffic fatalities fell to 57 in 2016 from 61 in 2015, a 6.6 percent decline. The total of 61 in 2015 marked the second-highest total of the decade. In 2014 traffic fatalities reached 63.

Of the statewide deaths, 380 were drivers or passengers in cars, 125 were motorcyclists, 85 were pedestrians and 16 were bicyclists.

Transportation officials say it's unclear what caused the statewide uptick in fatalities. The numbers can be blamed on distracted and impaired driving, low seat belt use in the state and motorcyclists not wearing helmets, authorities say.