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 SeatBeltsColorado.com.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Walk Like MADD

Join MADD Colorado as we walk to end drunk driving. MADD Colorado’s annual Walk Like MADD event will be held on August 6 at Sloan’s Lake Park.  We hope to see you there!

Improve your health and help your community at the same time. Join the Walk Like MADD 5K today! Every step taken and every dollar raised will help increase awareness and support the work of Mothers Against Drunk Driving to make our communities safer and serve the victims of drunk driving crashes. 100% of funds raised stay in Colorado! 

Saturday, August 6, 2016 
Sloan’s Lake Park, Denver, CO
 7:30AM Registration Begins 8:30AM Opening Ceremonies 
9:00AM Walk Begins Register today! - Go to www.walklikemadd.org/denver  and Click on “Participate”. 

For more info, please contact: Liz Vehlow Walk Manager 303-425-5902 elizabeth.vehlow@madd.org 

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Beware of the Beltless

For decades, CDOT has been reminding folks to buckle up, yet seat belt compliance remains flat. While “Click It or Ticket” will always be the recognizable mainstay of the campaign, we wanted to find a new angle that would refresh the message for our audience. Brace yourself for this one: an unbuckled passenger increases your risk of being hurt or killed by 40%. If a ticket or your own personal injury doesn’t concern you, perhaps endangering those around you will.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kF9kaSSWzEM

Friday, July 8, 2016

Just Drive: Train-The-Trainer Workshop

Wednesday, August 10th 10:00am—12:00pm 
Swedish Medical Center 501 E. Hampden Ave., 2nd Floor Conference Area, Spruce C 
Englewood, CO 80113

What is ‘Just Drive’?
A free one hour class delivered by safety experts about the risks and consequences of distracted driving, practical strategies for reducing distracted driving habits, and Colorado’s laws.

What will attendees Learn? 
Why it’s important to spread the message of the dangers of distracted driving.
How to present the Just Drive: Take Action Against Distraction presentation.

What is the problem? 
Distracted driving now joins alcohol and speeding as a leading cause of motor vehicle injury collisions.
Research has shown that talking on the phone while driving increases the risk of collision four times, while texting increases crash risk by 8 to 23 times. Swedish Medical Center 501 E. Hampden Ave., 2nd Floor Conference Area, Spruce C Englewood, CO 80113

For more information or to RSVP, please contact Tracey Holmberg at 303-788-5358 or Tracey.Holmberg@healthonecares.com.


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Teens today and the driving revolution: ‘I’ll just call Uber’


In his USA Today article, “Many teens taking a pass on a driver’s license,” Larry Copeland reflects on the growing driving transformation. A generation ago, any 16-year-old would have rushed to get their license — instead, many of today’s 16-year-olds who still don’t have licenses are now the new norm. They move in groups and ascribe to ride-sharing activities such as Uber. Some have parents who will drive them around. Somehow, driving just isn’t as alluring as it once was.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Disparities in child passenger deaths

The Children's Safety Network has released a new infographic focusing on the disparities in child passenger deaths. Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death among children, and from 2010 through 2014, an average of 343 child passengers died per year. American Indian/Alaska Native child passengers die at a higher rate than any other racial/ethnic group. The good news is that these deaths are preventable. The CSN infographic also goes into prevention strategies.

View the infographic