Friday, February 5, 2016

Submit a Nomination for MADD's Law Enforcement Recognition Awards

MADD Colorado would like to thank those in our community who work every day in an effort to achieve each piece of our mission through prevention, enforcement and victim support.

Please click here to nominate a law enforcement, judges, prosecutors, probation officers and victim advocates.

Please fill out the form for each individual and/or agency that you nominate. As indicated, nominations should include relevant statistics and achievements as they relate to the award category, as well as a photo of the nominee(s). Nominations are for activities and achievements from January 1-December 31, 2015.

Submit nominations no later than March 14, 2016.

Distribute this link to anyone that you think would like to submit a nomination.

Save the date: May 25, 2016

Nominees and honorees, along with law enforcement and stakeholders from across the state, will be invited to attend a recognition dinner and awards presentation.

Please contact Ilana Kurtzig with any questions. We look forward to receiving your nominations.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Traffic Safety Pulse - January Edition

Here is the first Traffic Safety Pulse for 2016. It's chock full of facts and stats as well as the latest information about CDOT's traffic safety campaign.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Colorado State Patrol troopers testing marijuana DUI devices

From: Fox31

The Colorado State Patrol is using marijuana DUI devices as part of a three-year pilot program.

Since March, more than 125 troopers have been equipped with one of five types of an oral fluid tester that sample a driver’s saliva for the presence of drugs, including marijuana.

“It would be nice to have that additional evidence on the side of the road,” CSP Major Steve Garcia said.

Troopers can perform roadside sobriety tests and seek a blood test, but much like a Breathalyzer for alcohol use, investigators would like a roadside device to give troopers probable cause to make an arrest.

“It would confirm or deny the officer's investigation that the suspect would be under the influence of marijuana or other drugs," Garcia said.

Under the pilot program, drivers have to consent to have the inside of their cheeks swabbed for saliva. The device then takes about five minutes to deliver an electronic readout, evaluating the presence of several narcotics, including marijuana.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Most parents say they set limits on teen drivers—but teens don't always think so

Parents may intend to set strong limits on their teen drivers but their kids may not always be getting the message, a new nationally-representative poll suggests.

In families where parents reported limitations on their teen drivers—such as restricting cell phone use, number of teen passengers and driving times and locations—teens themselves sometimes said they did not have those limitations, according to the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health.

"We know teen drivers are vulnerable to distractions while driving, and that they are also at the highest risk for crashes," says lead author Michelle L. Macy, M.D., M.S., an emergency medicine physician at the University of Michigan's C.S. Mott Children's Hospital.
"Parents play a key role in promoting the safety of their teens by setting expectations for driving. We found that the great majority of parents do have rules for their teen drivers; however, teens consistently perceive fewer limits on their driving than what their parents report. This signals an opportunity for parents and teens to have more conversations about safe driving habits."

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

20-year-old invents a device to stop teens texting behind the wheel

From: Mashable

Texting while driving was listed as the number one case of death among U.S. teens back in 2013. A recent Pew Research study said that 40% of all American teens claim to have been in a car when the driver used a cell phone in a way that put people in danger.

This sounds like an epidemic — and perhaps it's one that technology can cure. T.J. Evarts, a 20-year-old inventor, has come up with a novel solution that could easily put texting drivers on notice.

It's called Smart Wheel, and it is designed to fit over the steering wheel of most standard vehicles — tracking whether or not the driver has two hands on the wheel at all times.

When teens learn to drive, they are careful to place both hands on the wheel at the traditional "10" and "2" positions (as in 10 o' clock and 2 o' clock). But as soon as they get their driver's license, they start driving with one hand on the wheel and, often, the other on their cellphone.

Evert's invention tracks when drivers hold the wheel with one hand and will warns them with a light and a buzzing sound. When they place both hands back on the wheel the light turns back to green and the buzzing stops. It also watches for what's called "adjacent hands," where both hands are close together near the top of the wheel so the driver can both thumb type and drive at the same time.

Smart Wheel slides over any standard steering wheel and tracks how you hold it when you drive.

All the data the Smart Wheel collects is also sent to a connected app, so any parents who install the Smart Wheel can keep track of the teen's driving habits. If they try to remove or tamper with the cover, that's reported as well.

Evarts told us he was inspired to create the Smart Cover by watching his own friend's driving habits and realizing there was nothing out there to help them.

This isn't his first invention, but it is the first one he's seen become an actual product. Evarts is now the CEO of his own company.

The all-leather Smart Wheel should come out later this year and retail for $199.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Hundreds of drivers arrested in Colorado during December DUI crackdown

From: Boulder Camera

Having arrested 596 drivers during the recent pre-Christmas holiday party season, state and local law enforcement agencies are preparing now to crack down on drug- and alcohol-impaired driving during the days before and after New Year's Eve.

"There is no excuse to drive while impaired with so many safe alternatives available," Col. Scott Hernandez, chief of the Colorado State Patrol, said in a news release.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Holiday Party DUI Enforcement Cites 596 Impaired Drivers

New Study Shows 57% of Denver Adults Don’t Know the DUI Law

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), Colorado State Patrol (CSP) and local law enforcement agencies successfully completed holiday party DUI enforcement under The Heat Is On campaign, resulting in 596 drivers arrested for impaired driving. The Holiday Party DUI enforcement period began on Friday, Dec. 4 and concluded on Monday, Dec. 14. 91 CSP troops and local law enforcement agencies participated in the crackdown.

“The collaboration between law enforcement agencies removes impaired drivers from Colorado’s roads and keeps our neighborhoods safe,” said Col. Scott Hernandez, Chief of the Colorado State Patrol. "There is no excuse to drive while impaired with so many safe alternatives available." The Colorado State Patrol arrested 96 drivers for DUI during the period, joining their partners at the Denver Police Department, which had 70 arrests and the Aurora Police Department, which had 51 arrests. Other partners with large arrest numbers were the Colorado Springs Police Department (27), the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office (24), and the Aurora Police Department (51).