Colorado traffic-related deaths in 2021 highest in nearly 2 decades

The driver of a semitrailer lost control of the vehicle and collided with four other vehicles in a construction zone on Interstate 70 on Oct. 5, 2021. The driver was killed in the crash. Traffic-related deaths across Colorado were up significantly in 2021, and the I-70 mountain corridor is an area of particular concern.
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In light of Colorado seeing almost 700 traffic-related deaths last year, the Colorado Department of Transportation and Colorado State Patrol are pushing folks to take responsibility and make safer choices on the road.

The 672 deaths recorded in 2021 are the most the state has seen on its roadways since 2002, and CDOT expects that number to grow as it continues to receive and review crash reports from late in the year.

State Patrol Chief Matthew Packard said in a news conference Tuesday, Jan. 18, that being on Colorado’s roadways is likely one of the most dangerous things people do every day.

“One of the most important things that we do — engage in safe transportation, safe traffic — has fallen off the radar,” Packard said, citing the pandemic as a stressor that has shifted people’s priorities. “It’s something that people are not giving the attention that it deserves. … It’s appalling to me to think that that many people senselessly lose their lives in something that we do every day.”

Packard said law enforcement visibility on the roads is a deterrent for reckless driving, but personal accountability is the best solution to reduce crashes. He said seat belt use went down in 2021, putting the state behind the national rate, and impaired and distracted driving both increased. Also becoming more common is folks driving at extremely high speeds up to 90 and 100 mph.

Breaking it down, fatalities involving impaired drivers increased 16% from 212 in 2020 to 246 in 2021. Of all the traffic deaths last year, fatalities involving vehicle occupants were up 22%. Vehicle drivers and passengers accounted for the majority at 65%. Motorcyclists accounted for 20%, pedestrians were 13%, and bicyclists were 2%.

When it comes to areas of particular concern, Packard said the Interstate 70 mountain corridor, which runs through Summit County, was one of the common problem areas. State Patrol is also responsible for U.S. Highway 6 and Colorado Highway 9. The three major roads account for the majority of traffic deaths in Summit County.

Summit County Sheriff Jaime FitzSimons said roads for which the sheriff’s office is responsible didn’t see any traffic-related deaths last year. He said his office has a traffic safety unit with a deputy who focuses on traffic enforcement and safety on unincorporated Summit County roads and in school zones and subdivisions.

FitzSimons said the unit also responds to complaints, and deputies will help with traffic enforcement when available.

Sam Cole, traffic safety communications manager with CDOT, noted that despite there being fewer drivers on the road in 2020 during the start of the pandemic, traffic deaths were still up, a trend that continued into 2021. Cole wrote in an email that there were six traffic-related deaths in Summit County in 2021, one of which was due to impaired driving. In 2020, Summit County had only one traffic-related death.

John Lorme, CDOT’s director of maintenance and operations, pointed out that the number of deaths in 2021 is almost 50% higher than they were in 2011, but Colorado’s population hasn’t grown to the same degree. Behavior is just changing, he said.

“This problem can only be solved if we all participate in trying to find a reasonable solution,” Lorme said. “Drivers must do their part. We must recommit ourselves to safety.”

Colorado Springs Police Chief Vincent Niski reiterated that reckless driving is a personal choice and said that in an ideal world, law enforcement wouldn’t need to ticket and enforce traffic laws if folks make the simple decision to comply. He said law enforcement alone cannot fix the issue.

“If you look at all the causations we’ve talked about today that cause accidents, those are personal choices,” Niski said during the news conference. “A lot of it’s not infrastructure. A lot of it’s not about public transit. It’s about a personal choice to run a red light … to drive 100 miles per hour down a roadway … to run a stop sign and crash into another vehicle.”

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all northbound and 2 southbound lanes on Ravenel Bridge closed because of falling ice

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) – The South Carolina Department of Transportation says that because of falling ice from the suspension cables, two southbound lanes and all northbound lanes of the Ravenel Bridge are closed.

SCDOT says they are on the scene along with the Charleston and Mount Pleasant Police Department to monitor conditions.

Motorists are advised to use alternate routes, as the situation may change depending on weather conditions, SCDOT says.

Two of the southbound lanes remain open, SCDOT says.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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No Travel Advisory issued for Highway 2

POLK CO, Minn. (Valley News Live) – The Polk County Sheriff’s Office has announced a no travel advisory on the Highway 2 corridor or County Roads from East Grand Forks to Mentor because of high winds and blowing snow.

Deputies say the conditions will deteriorate throughout the day and drivers are encouraged to stay home if they can.

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Traffic moving again after major accident shut down I-85 SB near Union City – WSB-TV Channel 2

UNION CITY, Ga. — Lanes are clearing on Interstate 85 in Fulton County after an accident shut down the interstate for hours.

The accident happened on the southbound lanes before Flat Shoals Road around 9:30 a.m.. Georgia Department of Transportation 511 said the crash involved multiple tractor-trailers.

Police and fire are on the scene working to clear the accident, but the lanes have reopened. The rest of the crash has been moved to the shoulder.

Triple Team Traffic says the best alternate routes are Old National Highway or Roosevelt Highway.


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Tractor-trailer crash blocks Ga. 400 in Sandy Springs for 2 hours – The Atlanta Journal Constitution

Tractor-trailer crash blocks Ga. 400 in Sandy Springs for 2 hours   The Atlanta Journal Constitution

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*UPDATE #2* Delaware State Police Investigate Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision- Seaford – Delaware State Police

Date Posted: Thursday, January 6th, 2022

Seaford, DE- Delaware State Police are investigating a fatal motor vehicle collision that occurred in the Seaford area early Thursday afternoon. 

On January 6, 2022, at approximately 12:33 p.m., a 2009 Nissan Altima operated by a 53-year-old Seaford man was traveling southbound on Atlanta Rd. At the same time, a 2018 Kia Soul driven by a 36-year-old Seaford woman was traveling northbound on Atlanta Rd. in the area of the Nissan. For unknown reasons, the driver of the Nissan crossed the double solid yellow line and struck the Kia head-on in the northbound lane of travel. 

The driver of the Nissan was properly restrained and airlifted to an area hospital where he was admitted in serious condition. 

The driver of the Kia was properly restrained and transported by ambulance to an area hospital, where she was admitted with non-life-threatening injuries.

The Kia driver’s 14-year-old daughter was properly restrained in the left rear passenger seat. The driver’s 7-year-old son was properly restrained with a backless booster seat in the right rear passenger seat. Unfortunately, due to injuries sustained during the collision, the juveniles were pronounced dead at the scene. 

The Delaware State Police extend our condolences to the victims’ families during this difficult time. The Delaware State Police Troop 7 Collision Reconstruction Unit asks if anyone witnessed this collision to please contact Cpl/2 Ryan Albert at (302) 703-3266. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at

Atlanta Rd. in the area of the collision was closed for approximately 5.5 hours as troopers conducted their on-scene investigation.

*UPDATE* Delaware State Police Investigating Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision- Seaford

Road Closure due to Serious Motor Vehicle Crash- Seaford

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Hartsfield-Jackson airport issues travel advisory for holiday travelers – WSB-TV Channel 2

CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. — The same cancellation and delay problems that have haunted holiday travelers over the past two weeks continue as the holiday season quickly winds to a close.

Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport issued an advisory for anyone traveling through “The World’s Busiest Airport” on Sunday hoping to warn people both arriving and departing to pack their patience and be ready for a long wait.

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Channel 2′s Elizabeth Rawlins is at the airport Sunday morning and says roughly 100 flights both leaving and departing the airport have been cancelled and about 40 have been delayed.

Rawlins said nationally over 1,900 flights have been canceled Sunday.


Rawlins spoke to Bernell Lewis who is one traveler already impacted by a cancellation.

“We woke up at three in the morning and kept getting delayed. And we still don’t have a flight,” Lewis said. “When I got here, they told me it got cancelled so they gave me a reimbursement so that I can rebook another one for tonight.”

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Within just hours of the new year, Maui police report 2 separate traffic fatalities

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – The Maui Police Department is investigating two separate traffic fatalities that occurred within just hours of 2022.

Authorities said it responded to a crash on Honoapiilani Highway north of Kekaa Drive at around 12:10 a.m. on Saturday.

Officials said a man driving a motorcycle at high speed lost control and was ejected onto the roadway, sliding into the northbound lanes of traffic. That’s when he was struck by an SUV.

Police said the 51-year-old man from Lahaina died at the scene.

The driver and three passengers of the SUV did not sustain any injuries from the collision.

Maui police also responded to a crash in Wailuku at 1:45 a.m. on Kehalani Mauka Parkway.

Officials said preliminary investigation reveals that the moped driver was traveling northwest when he lost control and collided into the raised curbing multiple time. He was ejected onto the roadway.

Police said the 32-year-old rider died at the scene.

MPD said in both incidents neither of the victims were wearing helmets.

Both crashes remain under investigation.

These are the first two traffic fatalities for Maui County this year, compared to none at the same time last year.

This story may be updated.

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Why do Clemson fans carry $2 bills?

Local 5’s Colin Cahill finds out why Clemson fans are carrying around $2 bills ahead of Wednesday’s matchup against Iowa State.

ORLANDO, Fla. — Clemson Tigers fans are known for having $2 bills on hand at big games, so Local 5’s Colin Cahill set out to see if he could find any of those in Orlando and figure out where the tradition came from.

The first few fans he talked to didn’t come through.

“Oh my God, we totally forgot about the $2 bills! I can’t believe it, we’ve been to all these other games,” one fan said.

She said the $2 bill represents making it to the next game and the loyalty of Clemson fans.

“It shows we travel and we try to spread the love.”

And Colin eventually did get see a few of the famous bills in person.

“I go everywhere with it, it’s in my wallet,” another fan said. “Back, I don’t know what year it was, but Clemson was playing Georgia Tech, and they said Clemson would never bring any money into Atlanta. So the $2 bill started so we could show them how much money we would spend.” dates that game back to September 1977.

“Also it’s to remind everybody of how loyal the Clemson fans are,” said another fan, decked out in a Tigers blazer. “So when we give this as a tip and they see the tiger paw … then they know Clemson has been to town.”

Here’s some of the history, according to Clemson University:

“Clemson played Georgia Tech in Atlanta every year the two schools met except for three games prior to the Yellow Jackets joining the Atlantic Coast Conference. In 1898, the first game in the series, the two teams played on Thanksgiving Day in Augusta, GA. In 1899, the two rivals met in Greenville, SC, also on Thanksgiving Day. The Tigers were victorious in those two games. In the first and only visit to Clemson prior to Georgia Tech joining the ACC, the Tigers defeated the Yellow Jackets 21-17 on September 28, 1974.  

In the IPTAY Report dated on September 20, 1977, then IPTAY Executive Secretary George Bennett asked that the Tiger faithful making the trip to Atlanta use $2 dollar bills to show merchants at hotels and restaurants, etc. what an impact the Clemson nation had on the local economy.  According to Bennett this was a good way to prove a point—Clemson fans do have an impact on a local economy. ‘We want to make a big impact on Atlanta this weekend.  I would like to ask that every Clemson fan take as many two dollar bills as possible and use these rare bills for every expenditure.'” 

IPTAY is the Clemson University athletic booster club, which originally stood for “I pay ten every year,” with the original goal in 1934 of 160 donors at $10 a year.

The Cyclones will have to hold their own against the Tigers and their $2 bills Wednesday at 4:45 p.m. CST. You can watch the 2021 Cheez-It Bowl on ESPN and get the latest stories from Orlando at

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Saturday’s DePaul-Providence Game Moved to 2 p.m. Start

CHICAGO – DePaul’s BIG EAST home opener against Providence this Saturday has been moved to a 2 p.m. start. The game was originally scheduled for a 1 p.m. tip off. In addition to the time change, the game will now be televised on FOX instead of FS1.
With the adjusted start time between the Blue Demons and Friars, the gates to Wintrust Arena will now open at Noon for all fans. Guests with ticket related questions can email [email protected] for assistance. Tickets for Saturday afternoon’s contest start at $20 and can be purchased at
The Blue Demons are 9-1 this season and travel to Butler on Wednesday before hosting the Friars this weekend. Providence is 11-1 overall and ranked No. 21 in both the AP and Coaches polls this week.


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