Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Considering applying for a Safe Routes to School grant but have questions about the application process or requirements?

Safe Routes to School grant applications for Infrastructure and Non-Infrastructure projects are available online at www.codot.gov/programs/bikeped/safe-routes/funding-evaluation.

Training sessions for application completion, requirements, and Q&A on project ideas are scheduled at various locations across the state. Each session will be led by the Colorado SRTS Program Manager and a CDOT Region Engineer. Please RSVP to me if you would like to attend one and indicate which location you will be attending. Video-conferencing option is also available for each training. The link to connect via Zoom video-conferencing is included with each location. No password is required.
  • Monday, Nov 16th, 2-4 pm – CDOT Region 2 Office, Pueblo, 902 Erie Ave., Basement Conference Room.
  • Wednesday, Nov 18th, 1:30-3:30 pm – CDOT Headquarters – Shumate Building, Denver, 4201 East Arkansas Ave., Pikes Peak B Conference Room.
  • Friday, Nov 20th, 9-11 am – CDOT Region 3, Grand Junction, 2328 G Rd, Bookcliff Conference Room.
  • Wednesday, Dec 2nd, 10-noon – CDOT Region 4 (new) Office, Greeley, 10601 W. 10th Street, Big Thompson A Conference Room.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

CDC Study Reveals Medical Outcomes and Hospital Charges Among Children in a Crash

A new CDC surveillance summary highlights that proper car seat, booster seat, and seat belt use among children prevents injuries, decreases deaths, and reduces hospital charges. It also confirmed that parents often transition children to the next, less protective, stage of child passenger restraint too soon. With every transition to the next stage of restraint (e.g., rear-facing seat to forward-facing seat, forward-facing seat to booster seat, and from booster seat to seat belt), children are less protected in a crash and the cost of injury increases.

This surveillance summary examined the following:

Restraint use at the time of a crash:

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

National Teen Driver Safety Week gets support from local organizations

National Teen Driver Safety Week began on Sunday the 18th and lasts until Saturday the 24th.

The safety week is aimed at bringing awareness to teens of the various driving distractions.

Colorado state patrol troopers follow 5 to Drive rules for young adults that highlight the distractions that teens need to avoid while behind the wheel.

The 5 rules include no drinking and driving, always buckle up, no texting and driving, no speeding and no more than one passenger at a time.

Alexa's Hugs, a local organization that promotes seat belt use among teenagers, is supporting Teen Driver Safety week while working with 11 schools on an annual seat belt challenge

Tad Johnson and his wife Jona Johnson started the organization in honor of his 19-year-old daughter, Alexa Johnson, who died in a rollover accident on Feb. 10, 2013 near Longmont.

She was not wearing her seat belt when the accident occurred.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Survey compares distracted driving habits of teens and adults

From:  wtop — Teenagers often get a bad rap for distracted driving, but a new survey from AAA finds that adults are guilty of more of the bad behavior.

The survey reveals:The 2015 Traffic Safety Culture Index, a survey conducted in July and August of this year, looks at teen driving habits and their patterns of distraction behind the wheel.

Seventy-four percent of drivers ages 16-18 say texting or emailing while driving is completely unacceptable.
  • One in three teens report having done so in the last month.
  • Nearly half of drivers ages 16-18 report having read a text message or email while driving in the last month.
  • Three out of five drivers ages 16-18 report having talked on a cellphone of any kind while driving in the last month.
But when those statistics are compared to those for adults, teenage drivers don’t look so bad.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Texting at the light and other forms of device distraction behind the wheel

Cell phones are a well-known source of distraction for drivers, and owing to the proliferation of text messaging services, web browsers and interactive apps, modern devices provide ever-increasing temptation for drivers to take their eyes off the road. Although it is probably obvious that drivers’ manual engagement of a device while their vehicles are in motion is potentially dangerous, it may not be clear that such engagement when the vehicle is at rest (an activity broadly labeled “texting at the light”) can also impose risks. For one thing, a distracted driver at rest may fail to respond quickly to sudden changes in road conditions, such as an ambulance passing through. In addition, texting at the light may decrease so-called “situational awareness” and lead to driving errors even after the device is put down.

Access the full research article at BMC Public Health.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Teens With ADHD Are 4 Times More Likely To Be In Car Accident Than Non-ADHD Peers

In light of October being National ADHD Awareness Month, authors of the book "What Teenage Drivers Don't Know: The Unwritten Rules of the Road" provide driving tips of teenagers with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), who are four times more likely to be in a car accident than their non-ADHD peers.

In light of October being National ADHD Awareness Month, authors of the book "What Teenage Drivers Don't Know: The Unwritten Rules of the Road" provide driving tips of teenagers with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), who are four times more likely to be in a car accident than their non-ADHD peers.

According to a press release on PRNewswire, the book also gives parents advice on how to deal with the anxiety that comes with handing the car keys to a teen.

"We believe every parent and young teen in America should have access to this book," explains co-author John Harmata. "In particular, parents of children with ADHD should start instilling the lessons of good driving as early as age 13 or 14. Our book covers what driver's education leaves out, such as handling bad weather or night driving, maintaining a vehicle and navigating the traffic court system."

Monday, October 5, 2015

The much anticipated Celebrate my Drive Campaign is now live!

See Celebrate My Drive for all the details.

Program overview:
22 grants of $100,000 will be awarded to high schools
One winner will also receive a concert by the band Echosmith

How do schools Enter to Win?
From October 12-25, 2015, your school's administrator must submit a picture or video of how your school raises awareness for #Drive2N2, answer 4 questions and provide a brief write-up about why your school deserves to win.