Thursday, November 17, 2016

CDPHE is hiring a Motor Vehicle Safety Coordinator

CDPHE is hiring a Motor Vehicle Safety Coordinator to serve as the motor vehicle safety coordinator for the VIP-MHP Branch, with a focus on providing technical assistance and training to local partners engaged in motor vehicle safety work, collaborating with other state agencies to improve motor vehicle safety in Colorado, and coordinating state-level task forces and work groups.

Position Title: Motor Vehicle Safety Coordinator - 1983

Classification: Public Health and Community Outreach Professional III
Job Location: Denver
Close Date: November 27, 2016 OR until we have identified an adequate applicant pool.

TO APPLY: Motor Vehicle Safety Coordinator - 1983

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Jim Davidson
Office of Human Resources

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Child Death Rates from Motor Vehicle Crashes Vary Widely Between States

Study shows crash deaths are 12 times more common in some states; child-restraint use and traffic safety regulations play a role in regional differences

From: AAP

Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death among children in the United States. New research highlights how widely pediatric crash-related death rates vary from state to state, with child seat-restraint use and red-light camera policies appearing to play a role.

The abstract, “Pediatric Deaths from Motor Vehicle Crashes: State‐Level Variation and Predictors of Mortality,” will be presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) 2016 National Conference & Exhibition in San Francisco on Oct. 23. Researchers examining 2010-2014 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data discovered substantial differences among states, with annual mortality rates ranging from 0.25 deaths per 100,000 children in Massachusetts to 3.20 deaths per 100,000 children in Mississippi.

The study identified several factors linked to children’s death rates from crashes. States with a greater percentage of children who ride unrestrained or inappropriately restrained, and states where a larger proportion of crashes occur on rural roads or during the daytime, had higher motor vehicle crash death rates. States without a red light camera policy also had a greater percentage of children dying from crashes.

Friday, October 28, 2016

RIP to DUI: Halloween Impaired Driving Enforcement Begins Today

Beginning today Friday, Oct. 28, and continuing through Tuesday, Nov. 1, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), Colorado State Patrol (CSP) and law enforcement agencies throughout the state will increase their DUI enforcement as part of CDOT’s The Heat Is On campaign, aiming to eliminate drunk driving related injuries and fatalities this Halloween. In all, 100 law enforcement agencies will participate in the crack dwn.

Last year’s Halloween enforcement resulted in 269 DUI arrests, with the Denver Police Department (31), Aurora Police Department (27) and Colorado Springs Police Department (22) citing the most arrests. In addition, the Colorado State Patrol reported 55 arrests statewide.

“The consequences of a DUI goes beyond the financial repercussions,” said Darrell Lingk, Director of the Office of Transportation Safety at CDOT. “Drivers can lose their license, face time in jail and be summoned to community service, not to mention the possibility of killing yourself or someone else in a drunk driving crash. It is not worth the risk when driving impaired is entirely preventable.”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nationally, 45 percent of all traffic fatalities on Halloween between 2011-2015 involved a drunk driving related crash, while 23 percent of all pedestrian fatalities on Halloween involved a drunk driver.

“With thousands of families taking to the streets for trick-or-treating, it is imperative that we keep Colorado’s roads safe and free of impaired drivers.” said Colonel Scott Hernandez, Chief of the Colorado State Patrol. “We want Coloradans to celebrate responsibly this weekend. We’ll have more troopers, increased saturation patrols and DUI checkpoints in place to arrest those who unfortunately choose to drive after drinking.”

During the recent Fall Festivals DUI enforcement period, which ran from Sept. 16 to Oct. 24, law enforcement arrested 1352 people for impaired driving. The most arrests came from the Denver Police Department (161), Colorado Springs Police Department (154) and Aurora Police Department (221). The Colorado State Patrol reported 95 arrests statewide.

To access CDOT’s The Heat Is On arrest database for the Labor Day enforcement period Arrest data can be sorted by law enforcement agency, county and enforcement period.

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 12 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. More details about the campaign, including impaired driving enforcement plans, arrest totals and safety tips can be found at

Thursday, October 20, 2016

CDPHE is hiring an Injury Epidemiologist

CDPHE is hiring! If you are interested or know someone who may be interested, please share:

Position Title: Injury Epidemiologist
Job Location: Denver
Close Date: November 1, 2016 OR until we have identified an adequate applicant pool.

TO APPLY: Injury Epidemiologist - 1329

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

Monday, September 12, 2016

CDOT Launches New “R-U-Buzzed” App to Keep Drivers Safe

The Heat Is On campaign’s recent Labor Day crackdown had statewide law agencies on high alert for impaired drivers. With 103 law enforcement agencies participating, the campaign resulted in 964 driver arrests. The enforcement period ran from Aug. 19 to Sept. 6.

The Aurora Police Department (126 citations), Colorado State Patrol (107 citations) and Denver Police Department (105 citations) recorded the most arrests. The results from other areas can be found

“Twenty-five percent of the alcohol-related fatalities in 2015 occurred in August and September,” said Col. Scott Hernandez, Chief of the Colorado State Patrol. “Considering the Labor Day enforcement overlaps these two months, it was critical law enforcement be on high alert. We hope the efforts of these statewide agencies saved lives over the holiday.”

To reduce the number of impaired drivers on the road, today the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) launched a new DUI-fighting tool that comes in the form of a new smartphone app called “R-U-Buzzed.” The app is available now free of charge.

On iPhone and Android smartphones, download the “R-U-Buzzed” app here:

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

1,144 Cited in Rural Seat Belt Enforcement

45 children improperly restrained

With the ongoing goal of improving seat belt use in Colorado, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) recently turned its focus to rural counties across the state. Along with the Colorado State Patrol (CSP) and local law enforcement, CDOT led a rural Click It or Ticket enforcement period, from July 18 to 24, to remind rural communities that buckling up is crucial to the safety of all drivers and passengers. CDOT data shows that many rural areas consistently rank below state seat belt use averages.

Law enforcement cited 1,144 unbelted drivers and passengers, and 45 parents or caregivers for improper child restraint. CDOT is focusing this year on the message that unbuckled passengers are at risk of being ejected or of colliding with other passengers in the vehicle. Unbelted passengers increase the risk of serious injury or death to other occupants by 40 percent.

“Riding unbelted is extremely dangerous to everyone in a vehicle,” said Darrell Lingk, Director of the Office of Transportation Safety at CDOT. “The benefits of seat belts are proven. CDOT’s goal for the enforcement periods is to remind people to buckle up — before they are injured, or even worse, killed.”

Fifty-eight agencies participated in the increased enforcement effort. The Colorado State Patrol (604), Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office (39), Montrose Police Department (37) and the Montrose County Sheriff's Office (32) issued the most citations.

“With something as simple and effective as clicking a seat belt, there is no excuse to risk your life and endanger others,” said Col. Scott Hernandez, Chief of CSP. “We will continue to push seat belt use to help people avoid the consequences of not buckling up.”

Colorado’s Seat Belt Laws
  • Adults — Colorado has a secondary enforcement law for adult drivers and front-seat passengers. Drivers can be ticketed for violating the seat belt law if they are stopped for another traffic violation.
  • Teens — Colorado’s Graduated Drivers Licensing (GDL) law requires all drivers under 18 and their passengers, no matter what their age, to wear seat belts. This is a primary enforcement, meaning teens can be pulled over simply for not wearing a seat belt or having passengers without seat belts.
  • Children — Colorado's child passenger safety law is primary enforcement, meaning the driver can be stopped and ticketed if an officer sees an unrestrained or improperly restrained child under age 16 in the vehicle.
In 2014, seat belts saved an estimated 12,802 lives nationwide, including 169 in Colorado. An additional 63 lives could have been saved in Colorado if all unrestrained passenger vehicle occupants five and older involved in fatal crashes had been properly restrained. For more information about seat belt safety and enforcement citation numbers, visit