Tuesday, July 29, 2014

August CTDA Meeting

It's that time again... the next CTDA meeting is just around the corner. Join us on Thursday, August 7th from 9:00-11:00 in CDPHE's Carson Room. The draft agenda is posted under the meeting info tab. Please contact Jan if you have additional agenda items to add.

You can call in using the following information:
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See you then!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Safety rides shotgun: the best used vehicles for teen drivers

From: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

When children are very young, parents have no shortage of information about how to ensure the safety of their precious offspring. Most know to keep small objects out of reach, vigilantly heed recall notices for cribs and strollers, and research the right child restraint for the family vehicle.

But what happens when those kids, who just yesterday were taking their first steps, reach that other mobility milestone — getting their first car? Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among teenagers, and the type of vehicle a teenager drives has a big effect on the degree of risk. Nevertheless, many teenagers are driving — and dying in — the least protective types of vehicles, new studies from IIHS and HLDI show. Parents need more information about which vehicles are the safest choices for young drivers.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Lifesavers Conference soliciting speaker suggestions

Each year the Lifesavers Conference Planning Committee solicits recommendations for speakers from a variety of sources including federal and state agencies, safety organizations, researchers, and previous conference attendees. That process is now underway for the 2015 Lifesavers Conference in Chicago March 15-17, 2015 and will remain open until September 12, 2014. Please consider submitting a proposal!

All speaker suggestions will be carefully reviewed by the Lifesavers Planning Committee. Because this is a competitive process and there are a limited number of workshop slots available, not all suggestions will be selected for inclusion in the 2015 conference line-up. The committee encourages you, however, to submit your proposal, bearing in mind that preference is given to programs that have been evaluated and proven to work. You may also want to assess your program’s potential to be presented as a poster. Like speaker submissions, posters are carefully reviewed and priority given to those programs that include an evaluation component.

Please visit the website at www.lifesaversconference.org to access the link to the proposal form.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Open Competitive Opportunity at CDPHE

We understand CTDA members work closely with partners who may be interested and qualified for the Suicide Prevention Commission Coordinator position.  Please pass this announcement on to them.

The Prevention Services Division at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is accepting applications for the the Suicide Prevention Commission Coordinator.

Classification: GP III
Job Location: Denver
Close Date: July 23, 2014 OR until we have identified an adequate applicant pool, whichever comes first.

TO APPLY: Suicide Prevention Commission Coordinator - 01704 - GP III

If you have difficulty with the link, please access the State of Colorado job website at

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Report Highlights Programs With Potential to Increase Teen Seat Belt Use

From:  Market Watch

Governors Highway Safety Association and The Allstate Foundation partner to identify initiatives key to reversing unbelted teen fatalities

Buckling up has always been a simple action that dramatically increases a person's chances of surviving a crash, but more than half of teen drivers killed in 2012 failed to use a seat belt. What's more shocking is that this number has increased by six percent over the last three years. And worse, teen passengers killed in fatal crashes use their seat belts even less than fatally injured teen drivers – almost 20 percent less. A report by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) and The Allstate Foundation is giving states and localities tools to combat these trends by highlighting programs across the country that can serve as models to increase teen seat belt use rates.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Free Teen Driver Training Program, July 22-23, 2014

Ford Driving Skills for Life is a FREE program developed in 2003 in conjunction with the Governors Highway Safety Association and a panel of safety experts to address the leading cause of death among teenagers in the United States – vehicle crashes.

There are four session available to any teen with a valid permit or license, each session will have 100 available seats. Parents are encouraged to attend, and if there is availability are more than welcome to go behind the wheel.  You can register for a session through the links below or see the program flier for more information.

Tuesday July 22 AM Session
Tuesday July 22 PM Session
Wednesday July 23 AM Session
Wednesday July 23 PM Session

600 Victory Way
Commerce City, CO 80022

Registration is limited and signed consent forms are required. For more information and to register, please visit Ford Driving Skills for Life.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Teens need parental help during 100 deadliest days of summer

From:  The Argus Observer

AAA says diligent parents may be the best line of defense for teen drivers during a 100-day period coinciding with the three-month summer vacation season from June through Labor Day.

On average, 261 teen drivers in the U.S. will be crash fatalities each month this summer. That’s a 26 percent increase compared to the rest of the year.

Over the course of five years, nearly 4,000 teen drivers and passengers between 13 and 19 years old have died in traffic crashes between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Teens are involved in more crashes per mile driven than drivers of any other age group. Drivers ages 16 and 17 are involved in about seven times as many crashes per mile driven compared to drivers in their 40s, 50s, and 60s.

That’s an average of seven teenage fatalities each day.