Traffic accidents on the rise

by Tori Sheets
tori@ouraynews.com

The Colorado Department of Transportation has released its annual description of motor vehicle crashes in Colorado for 2014. Traffic accidents from 2010 to 2014 are covered in the report.
The report states Colorado has lower motor vehicle fatality rates compared to the nation as a whole, but the number of fatalities is increasing. For Ouray County, this statement is true.
In 2014 Ouray County had two traffic fatalities and two serious injuries in traffic crashes. The vehicles involved in the fatal crashes were a motorcycle and a truck, with one of them involving a driver under the influence of alcohol.
Crashes in Ouray County with serious injuries have decreased by 36 percent since 2010. In 2010 the county saw 12 serious accidents, three in 2011, nine in 2012 and two in 2013. In 2010 there was one fatal accident. There were no fatal accidents in Ouray County from 2011-2013.
The total number of crashes in Ouray County in 2014 was 107.
The Board of County Commissioners discussed highway safety during its meeting on Tuesday. Ben Tisdel, commissioner, said CDOT is proposing to reduce the speed limit and increase patrols on US 550 between Ridgway and Ouray.
Specifically, the BOCC discussed the section of road between the turn-off for Orvis Hot Springs and County Road 3A. This is the section where Officer Scott Mills lost his life last month...