Friday, September 20, 2019

CDOT: Northern Colorado R.A.I.D. Team

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Sam Cole, CDOT Communications Manager
303.757-9484 (desk) | 303-859-1304 (cell)
sam.cole@state.co.us
 Sept. 20, 2019
Larimer County law enforcement launch NOCO R.A.I.D. Team to eliminate impaired driving

Statewide — Larimer County law enforcement agencies today announced the formation of the state’s first full-time, multi-jurisdictional impaired driving task force to identify and apprehend impaired drivers. The new task force, the Northern Colorado ‘Remove All Impaired Drivers’ Team (NOCO R.A.I.D. Team) was introduced as the state’s first permanent DUI enforcement task force.

The NOCO R.A.I.D. Team is comprised entirely of Drug Recognition Experts (DREs) — specially trained officers with the highest level of nationally standardized training in the identification of impaired drivers. This first-of-its-kind team of officers will be working year-round to identify and remove impaired drivers in Larimer County. The NOCO R.A.I.D. Team will initially be comprised of the Loveland Police Department, Larimer County Sherriff’s Office and Windsor Police Department, with the goal of adding additional law enforcement agencies in the near future.

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“This specialty task force will dedicate all of their time to impaired driving enforcement and prevention throughout Larimer County,” said Shoshana Lew, CDOT Executive Director. “The participating officers will enforce impaired driving violations across jurisdictions. This dedicated team of specially-trained officers from multiple agencies is an innovative and more effective strategy to end impaired driving.”

In 2017 there were 177 alcohol-related fatalities in Colorado, which is an increase of 22.9% over five years. There were also 93 drug-impaired fatalities in 2017. In Larimer County specifically, there were 12 alcohol-impaired and four drug-impaired fatalities in 2017. Larimer County is the sixth largest county in Colorado.

Multi-jurisdiction teams, such as the NOCO R.A.I.D. Team, help extend the reach and impact of law enforcement agencies. This model has been shown successful in reducing other issues facing counties statewide, including: drug task forces, burglary task forces and auto theft task forces.

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is funding the multi-jurisdiction task force and will continue collaborating with key stakeholders in Larimer County to create an ongoing funding source for the team. The NOCO R.A.I.D. Team supports CDOT’s Whole System — Whole Safety initiative wherein safety is a top priority. This partnership with Larimer County law enforcement aims to increase the safety of our roadways.

REMEMBER: SLOW FOR THE CONE ZONE
The following tips are to help you stay safe while traveling through maintenance and construction work zones.
     Do not speed in work zones. Obey the posted speed limits.
     Stay Alert! Expect the unexpected.
     Watch for workers. Drive with caution.
     Don't change lanes unnecessarily.
     Avoid using mobile devices such as phones while driving in work zones.
     Turn on headlights so that workers and other drivers can see you.
     Be especially alert at night while driving in work zones.
     Expect delays, especially during peak travel times.
     Allow ample space between you and the car in front of you.
     Anticipate lane shifts and merge when directed to do so.
     Be patient!

WHOLE SYSTEM. WHOLE SAFETY.  
To heighten safety awareness, CDOT recently announced its Whole System — Whole Safety initiative. This project takes a systematic statewide approach to safety combining the benefits of CDOT’s programs that address driving behaviors, our built environment and the organization's operations. The goal is to improve the safety of Colorado’s transportation network by reducing the rate and severity of crashes and improving the safety of all transportation modes. The program has one simple mission—to get everyone home safely.

ABOUT CDOT
CDOT has approximately 3,000 employees located at its Denver headquarters and in regional offices throughout Colorado, and manages more than 23,000 lane miles of highway and 3,429 bridges. CDOT also manages grant partnerships with a range of other agencies, including metropolitan planning organizations, local governments and airports. It also administers Bustang, the state-owned and operated interregional express service. Governor Polis has charged CDOT to further build on the state’s intermodal mobility options.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Publication: GHSA's FY 2019 Annual Report Available Now


Highlights of Association Activity
July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019
It's been a productive year for the Governors Highway Safety Association as we work alongside our members and partners to move toward zero roadway fatalities.
Our Annual Report, Highlights of Association Activity, offers a glimpse at our accomplishments from the 2019 Fiscal Year, featuring updates on:

  • Federal relations and collaboration with Administration leaders;
  • New projects, including efforts to enhance relationships between State Highway Safety Office directors and law enforcement leadership and address the issue of excessive vehicle speed;
  • Recent reports on topics such as social media practices in traffic safety and motorcyclists' attitudes on high-visibility gear;
  • Partnership and program growth to help states tackle pressing safety issues;

...and much more!
Not a GHSA Member?

Join the nearly 150 businesses, organizations, and associations that support GHSA's goals by applying for Associate Membership. Associate Members receive a host of benefits, including timely updates from GHSA, access to exclusive web content, members-only newsletters and more. Apply online, or contact Stephanie Nguyen at snguyen@ghsa.org for more information.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Resource: 2018 BRFSS Public Data Set Now Available


Attention, Researchers: 2018 BRFSS Public Data Set Now Available!

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s
Division of Population Health
Announces the Release of
The 2018 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) Data Set
The BRFSS is a unique, state-based surveillance system active in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guam. Reaching participants on both landline and cellular telephones, the survey collects information on health risk behaviors, clinical preventive health practices, and health care access (primarily related to chronic disease and injury) from a representative sample of noninstitutionalized adults aged 18 years or older in each state. The BRFSS provides flexible, timely, and ongoing data collection that allows for state-to-state and state-to-nation comparisons. State-specific data—including racial- and ethnic-specific data from the BRFSS—provide a sound basis for developing and evaluating public health programs, including programs targeted to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in addressing health risks.

The BRFSS is the largest ongoing telephone-based health surveillance system in the world, with more than 435,000 interviews conducted in 2018. BRFSS staff are working to make this new data set available soon through its online Prevalence and Trends Tools.  
Learn more about the BRFSS Prevalence and Trends Tools.
Learn more about the BRFSS or send an inquiry to CDCINFO@cdc.gov

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Webinar: Strengthening Tribal Public Health Partnerships

Northwest Center for Public Health
                              Practice, University of Washington
School of Public Health
Hot Topics in Practice
Strengthening Tribal Public Health Partnerships
Monday, September 23, 2019
Noon to 1 p.m. PT
Register
Tribal community members work hard to protect and promote the health of their people. In the September session of Hot Topics in Practice, Tamara Fulwyler shares how non-tribal public health agencies can better collaborate with tribal entities to support these efforts.
This one-hour webinar will provide a brief overview of tribes in Washington, encouraging participants to understand how historical events shape the health of these communities today. It will also discuss important concepts like sovereignty and the process of consultation as important components for successful collaborations with tribal governments. The presentation will close with a review of resources for government-to-government relationship building, including NWCPHP’s new online toolkit.
Register today to better understand the benefits of effective collaborations between state, local and tribal public health agencies.
IMPORTANT NOTES ABOUT HOT TOPICS
Speaker slides are posted on our website the morning of the webinar. Each session is recorded and made available by the next day. Audio is available through computer or by phone.
Hot Topics in Practice is a monthly webinar hosted by the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice. Guest speakers from local, state, tribal, and national organizations present on current issues affecting public health practice.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Contest: Seat Belts Save Challenge

The National Organizations for Youth Safety (NOYS) Seat Belts Save Challenge is a four-week campaign designed to educate teen drivers about the dangers of riding in a car without wearing a seat belt, and increase the number of teens who regularly wear a seat belt while driving or riding in a car. The challenge runs each fall. Participating schools can win up to $1,500 and other great prizes, such as trips to present their education campaigns to other youth! 
The National Organizations for Youth Safety (NOYS) Seat Belts Save Challenge is a campaign designed to educate teen drivers about the dangers of riding in a car without wearing a seat belt, and increase the number of teens who regularly wear a seat belt while driving or riding in a car. The challenge runs each fall. Participating schools can win up to $1,500 and other great prizes, such as trips to present their education campaigns to other youth! 
The NOYS Seat Belts Save Challenge is open to all high school students in the United States and is held every fall. Below is the annual schedule:
September 1st: Registration Opens
November 1st: Registration Closes
December 1st: Unannounced Seat Belt Checks & Education Campaign Complete
December 15th: Results and Reports Due to NOYS
Winners are announced each May during Global Youth Traffic Safety Month!

Click here to learn more and register!

Friday, September 13, 2019

CDOT: Fall Festivals Enforcement Period Starts Today!

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Sam Cole, CDOT Communications Manager
303.757-9484 (desk) | 303-859-1304 (cell)
sam.cole@state.co.us
 Sept. 13, 2019
 2,679 impaired drivers feel the summer heat in 2019
Fall Festivals DUI enforcement starts today

STATEWIDE — Between Memorial Day and Labor Day this summer, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), Colorado State Patrol (CSP), and local law agencies teamed up for six high visibility enforcement periods as part of The Heat Is On campaign. The enforcement periods are meant to ensure every Coloradan gets home safely, which is the primary mission of CDOT’s Whole System  Whole Safety initiative.

The enforcement periods conducted over the summer included:
·        Memorial Day – 323 arrests (four-day enforcement period)
o   Highest arrest total: Colorado Springs Police Department (32)
·        Summer Blitz - 585 arrests (10-day period)
o   Highest arrest total: Colorado Springs Police Department (52)
·        Fourth of July - 311 arrests (five-day period)
o   Highest arrest total: El Paso County Sheriff’s Office (47)
·        Summer Strikeout - 482 arrests (10-day period)
o   Highest arrest total: El Paso County Sheriff’s Office (48)
·        Sturgis Rally - 399 arrests (10-day period)
o   Highest arrest total: Colorado Springs Police Department (47)
·        Labor Day Crackdown - 579 arrests (18-day period)
o   Highest arrest total: Denver Police Department (95)

A total of 2,679 drivers were arrested as a result of the summer enforcement periods. The highest number of drivers were cited during the Summer Blitz enforcement period, with 585 drivers arrested over 10 days. Additionally, the highest number of arrests during the summer were made in the Pikes Peak region by the Colorado Springs Police Department and El Paso County Sheriff’s Office with 269 combined citations. The 269 arrests account for nearly 9% of the campaign’s total summer arrests.

“Last year, 63 people tragically died in alcohol-related crashes in Colorado from June to August. Impaired drivers not only risk an arrest for DUI — they put the lives of everyone on the road in danger,” said Shoshana Lew, CDOT Executive Director. “These enforcement periods get impaired drivers off our roads, which ultimately saves lives.  All people traveling on Colorado roads should get to their destinations safely.”

The Heat Is On summer enforcement periods are finished, but CDOT, CSP, and statewide law agencies will continue to protect the safety on Colorado roads this fall. The Fall Festivals heightened DUI enforcement period will last five weeks from Sept.13 to Oct. 21. The enforcement will include 83 Colorado law enforcement agencies. Last year’s Fall Festivals enforcement cited 1,877 impaired drivers.
As part this year’s The Heat Is On campaign, CDOT has again partnered with BACtrack, a leading personal and professional breathalyzer company, to urge Coloradans to check their blood-alcohol content (BAC) and confirm they are sober before they drive. Through the partnership, BACtrack breathalyzers will be offered at a 50% discount exclusively for Colorado residents through Sept. 15, or while supplies last. Residents can visit codot.bactrack.com to place an order.
“In September and October of last year, Colorado saw 46 alcohol-related fatalities, accounting for 22% of the road fatalities during that time frame,” said Col. Matthew Packard, CSP Chief “No matter what time of year it is, drivers need to make responsible decisions and stay off the roads while impaired. With the number of accessible alternatives to driving, there is no excuse for getting behind the wheel impaired.”
CDOT’s summer and fall enforcement periods and DUI-prevention campaign support CDOT’s Whole System — Whole Safety initiative to reduce traffic injuries and deaths. Last year, there were 209 passenger vehicle fatalities on Colorado roads involving impaired drivers, accounting for more than one-third of all traffic fatalities. A complete list of arrests is at heatisoncolorado.com under the Heat Is On arrest tab.
ABOUT THE HEAT IS ON
The CDOT Highway Safety Office provides funding to Colorado law enforcement for impaired driving enforcement, education and awareness campaigns. The Heat Is On campaign runs throughout the year, with 16 specific high-visibility impaired driving enforcement periods centered on national holidays and large public events. Enforcement periods can include sobriety checkpoints, saturation patrols and additional law enforcement on duty dedicated to impaired driving enforcement. Find more details about the campaign, including impaired driving enforcement plans, arrest totals and safety tips at HeatIsOnColorado.com.

WHOLE SYSTEM – WHOLE SAFETY
To heighten safety awareness, CDOT recently announced its Whole System  Whole Safety initiative. This project takes a systematic statewide approach to safety combining the benefits of CDOT’s programs that address driving behaviors, our built environment and the organization's operations. The goal is to improve the safety of Colorado’s transportation network by reducing the rate and severity of crashes and improving safety conditions for those traveling by all transportation modes. The program has one simple mission - to get everyone home safely.

ABOUT CDOT
CDOT has approximately 3,000 employees located throughout Colorado and manages more than 23,000 lane miles of highway and 3,429 bridges. CDOT also manages grant partnerships with a range of other agencies, including metropolitan planning organizations, local governments and airports. It also administers Bustang, the state-owned and operated interregional express service. Gov. Jared Polis has charged CDOT to further build on the state’s intermodal mobility options.