More than 600 people have died on Colorado roads in 2017 as of Monday morning, putting the state on track to surpass last year’s grim tally amid efforts from the Eastern Plains to the mountains to cut down on traffic fatalities.

The Colorado Department of Transportation said the 604 road deaths this year mark a roughly 3 percent year-to-date increase.

In 2016, 608 people died on the state’s roads — an 11 percent increase over 2015 and the highest total in more than a decade.

“The way the data is trending, we know that fatalities are likely going to be up this year if the trend holds,” said Sam Cole, CDOT’s traffic-safety program spokesman.

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