Colorado: Traffic Fatalities Down Since Start of Legal Cannabis Sales
Traffic fatalities are down in Colorado since the start of legal cannabis sales, according to data from the state’s Department of Transportation.
Traffic fatalities this year are down from last year, and are down from the average over the last 13 years (since 2002). Of the seven months so far this year, five months saw a lower fatality rate than in 2013. These numbers demonstrate that cannabis legalization doesn’t cause immediate havoc on the roads as opponents have argued, and may in fact lead to a decrease in traffic deaths.
Here’s a chart, courteous of the Washington Post, which gives a good visualization of how traffic fatalities this year compare with data over the past 13 years:
For detailed information regarding traffic fatalities this year, and in past years, you can visit the Colorado Department of Transportation’s website by clicking here.