CDOT reports sharp increase in traffic fatalities in 2016

DENVER -- There was a sharp increase in the number of people killed on Colorado highways last year, the Colorado Department of Transportation said Tuesday.

CDOT said 605 people died in crashes on Colorado roads last year, an increase of 24 percent from 2014.

The biggest specific increases came in the number of pedestrians and motorcyclists who were killed.

The problem of distracted drivers and pedestrians is a recurring theme for officials and police when it comes to some of the crashes. Other reasons cited are lack of seat belt use and not wearing helmets.

CDOT said 33 people have died in crashes in Colorado so far this year.