Drunk Driving Still A Major Threat To Colorado Motorcyclists

It was a pleasant Saturday afternoon, and three motorcyclists were taking advantage of the good conditions to put some miles on the odometers of their Harley-Davidsons. A couple from Parker were riding two-up as they led another rider from Colorado Springs along northbound Colorado 83. They were almost to Franktown when a green Honda Accord drifted out of the southbound lane and directly into the trio’s path.

Both motorcycles were hit by the swerving Honda. The collision ejected the Parker couple from their maroon Harley, and the man from Colorado Springs sustained minor injuries. Both the riders who were ejected did not survive the crash.

The car driver—a 27-year-old woman from Parker—was arrested by the Colorado State Police and charged with two counts of vehicular homicide, DUI, reckless driving, third-degree assault, and failure to provide proof of insurance. When she was booked at the county jail, it was also discovered that she had an arrest record for domestic violence, child abuse and negligence.

Drunk Driving Still A Major Threat To Colorado Motorcyclists

Last year, there were 545 deaths related to traffic accidents in Colorado—2008 was the last time traffic fatalities were so high in our state. Of those who died, 104 were motorcyclists, which is an increase of 11.7 percent over the number of motorcyclist deaths in 2014. Experts estimate that around 32 percent of those fatal accidents were caused by driving under the influence, and since motorcyclists were such a large contributor to the overall total, then they are also at more risk from these intoxicated drivers than most.

The attorneys at the Metier Law Firm want to remind you: don’t drink and drive, and do what you can to keep others from driving under the influence. Driving while intoxicated costs precious lives, but we can stop this from happening. Keep following our motorcycle accident blog for more tips and information you need to know to have a safe ride.

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