Friday, March 27, 2015

Crash after crash, AAA video shows dangers of distracted driving




A new study is exposing a disturbing trend among teen drivers. AAA reports distraction was a factor in nearly six of 10 moderate or severe accidents involving teenagers.

And car crashes are the leading cause of death for American teens.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Distractions are a factor in 60 percent of teeange car crashes

Distractions, such as talking with passengers or using cell phones while behind the wheel, play a far greater role in crashes involving teenage drivers. New startling statistics released by AAA Colorado says distractions are a factor in nearly 60 percent of teen crashes.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

MADD is hiring a part-time victim advocate

Responsible for maintaining a caseload of victims/survivors of alcohol and drugged driving who are in need of short-term crisis intervention, emotional and grief support, advocacy, support groups, and appropriate referral sources for continued long-term needs. Provide court accompaniment and guidance with legal, financial, and medical systems. Work in conjunction with other Victim Services staff and volunteers to provide consultation and support to victims where needed.

For more information see the job description and requirements.

Interested Candidates should send resumes to the following email address: co.state@madd.org.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Shoulder to the wheel: Parental intervention improves teen driving

From: EurekAlert!

Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of teenage death in America. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, seven 16- to 19-year-olds die every day as a result of injuries incurred from road crashes. But attempts to address the problem through legislation and technological innovation have yielded limited results.

Now a new study by Tel Aviv University researchers proposes a two-pronged strategy of vigilant parental intervention and monitoring technology to improve the safety of young drivers on the road. The research, published recently in the Journal of Adolescence, was led by Prof. Haim Omer of TAU's School of Psychological Sciences and conducted by Dr. Yaara Shimshoni, in collaboration with Or Yarok of the Association for Safer Driving in Israel.

"We have shown that it is possible to reduce dangerous driving in young drivers by increasing parental involvement in a positive way," said Prof. Omer. "Our program is based on a model of parental involvement called 'Vigilant Care,' shown to be effective in reducing risky behavior exhibited in other fields. According to this model, parents remain non-invasively involved in their youngsters' activities, but are poised to increase their level of involvement at the first signs of danger."

Monday, March 2, 2015

U-Haul Partners with Project Yellow Light to Prevent Distracted Driving

U-Haul International Inc. is pleased to announce its new partnership with Project Yellow Light and the Hunter Garner Scholarship, which issues $16,000 annually to high school and college students whose video submissions most effectively promote safe driving and convey the dangers of distracted driving to their peers.

Visit http://myuhaulstory.com to read Julie's emotional tale of her loss and the vigil that inspired Project Yellow Light.

U-Haul, the industry leader in do-it-yourself moving and self-storage, will make a financial donation that covers the current cost of the scholarship prizes and assist on the contest judging panel as part of the partnership.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Check out the first edition of CDOT's newsletter, Traffic Safety Pulse

Traffic Safety Pulse was developed by CDOT’s communications team for the following purposes:
  • Allows you to request collateral, marketing and PR materials for all CDOT’s safety campaign
  • Provides updates on the latest work of CDOT’s Highway Safety Office, such as the June conference in Keystone!
  • Is a source for you to release information about your safety campaigns, events and other news
  • Keeps you in the loop on when and where CDOT campaigns are launching
If you would like to share announcements, updates, accomplishments, or anything exciting and newsworthy, please send to cdotcollateral@gmail.com. It will be considered for inclusion in the newsletter.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Accidents caused by distracted driving undercounted

From: khon2

A lot of folks have been there. You’re driving down the road and hear your phone ring or beep to indicate a new message has arrived.

The law says you can’t pick it up, but many people do.

Just how dangerous is distracted driving, and how many accidents is it causing every year?

Always Investigating found out cellular phones may be leading to far more accidents than is being recorded or disclosed.

Terrence Iwamoto told us about his run-in with a distracted driver on the H-1 Freeway.

“I’m stuck in my lane and I just happened to look in my rearview mirror. I notice there’s a woman in the car behind that’s looking down, she’s not looking straight forward,” he recalled. “I couldn’t do much, because I’m stuck in my lane on the freeway. All I had to do was just brace or hope the woman would start looking up.”

Instead she slammed into the back of his car.