Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Top Tips to Keep Your Teen Driver Safe

Distracted Driving Awareness Month: 6 Ways to Keep Your Teen Driver Safe
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Looking for additional safety resources for your teen? Check out the Safety for Teens page on the Safe Kids Worldwide website, covering other topics related to safety such as bike safety, pedestrian safety, and getting ready to drive

Monday, April 22, 2019

Conference: 2019 Traffic Safety - New session on young drivers

The 2019 Traffic Safety Conference will feature a new session on young drivers. Here's what you have to look forward to when you attend this session:

Interactive Traffic Safety Programming for Youth—How to WOW Teen Audiences
After sixteen years in peer-to-peer traffic safety outreach the Teens in the Driver Seat Program has learned a thing or two about engaging teen audiences. Join a discussion about the most current outreach elements of this award-winning program along with lessons learned, including big nopes, and future high hopes.

Youth Transportation Safety Programming—Things You Can Use from Other Partners and Places
Finding great ready-to-go resources to share with your community can be a full-time job. This session will provide fantastic resources ready for you to use in all aspects of your outreach efforts.

11 Days to Book Your Hotel Room at Conference Rate

The Wyndham San Antonio Riverwalk Hotel is holding a block of rooms for our use at a special group rate of $126 per night. We encourage everyone who needs a sleeping room, at the group rate, to make a reservation immediately. You may make your reservation online by using the hotel reservation link or by calling the hotel directly at (210) 354-2800 or by calling central Reservations at (866) 764-8536. Individuals must identify themselves as being with the group, referring to the group name, and the Group Code. The Group Code name is "TTI traffic Safety Conference".

Reservations should be made by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, April 29, 2019. After this date, rooms are subject to availability and may be at a higher rate. 

Find more details about the Wyndham San Antonio Riverwalk Hotel here

Friday, April 19, 2019

Distracted Driving & Teens

Teen Drivers Reaching for Objects More Likely to Crash

Phones are not the only distraction behind the wheel. Adolescents who reach for or handle other objects while driving are almost seven times more likely to crash than teens who don’t reach for anything at all.
“Compared to older drivers, teens’ limited driving experience and youthful characteristics may contribute to their higher risk for distraction when engaging in secondary tasks while driving,” said lead study author Pnina Gershon of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.
 Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death and disability among drivers ages 15 to 20, researchers note in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
Teens who use cell phones while driving are almost three times more likely to crash than those who don’t.
Other tasks teens engage in that increased chances for crashing include interacting with passengers, using cell phone, reaching for snacks, drinks or other objects, and looking away from the road too long. Technology may be especially distracting for less experienced teen drivers.

To see more from CDOT's Traffic Safety Pulse Newsletter, click here

Thursday, April 18, 2019

CDOT's Cannabis Conversation - Online Survey Launches Today!


Twitter: @coloradodot

April 18, 2019

Sam Cole, CDOT Communications Manager
CDOT Asking Public for Input on New Marijuana-Impaired Driving Ads
Online survey launches today to help find solutions to impaired driving

STATEWIDE — The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has launched an online survey to gather input from the public on a series of creative concepts and messages for a new marijuana-impaired driving campaign. The survey is part of CDOT’s ongoing Cannabis Conversation — a statewide traffic safety initiative that aims to engage Coloradans in a meaningful discussion about marijuana and driving.

CDOT debuted The Cannabis Conversation in 2018, gathering feedback from more than 15,000 Coloradans to gain a deeper understanding of the public’s attitudes, assumptions, and behaviors surrounding marijuana-impaired driving. The agency used what it learned from that process to develop several creative concepts for a future ad campaign to address the issue. Now, CDOT is again collaborating with the public and its partners to refine these concepts through workshops, focus groups and an online survey, with the goal of producing an awareness campaign that better resonates with cannabis consumers in Colorado.

“We want as many people as possible to weigh in on these concepts,” said Sam Cole, safety communications manager at CDOT. “Our goal is to capture feedback that spans a wide range of views, lifestyles and demographics to get a well-rounded perspective of how these messages are connecting with different audiences.”

The public can take the survey at http://bit.ly/CDOTCannabisConvoSurvey. To view the creative concept animatics, visit http://bit.ly/CDOTCreativeConcepts. The animatics show a preliminary version of what a public service announcement video may look like.

As part of its outreach, CDOT will be at the Fly Hi 420 Festival at Civic Center Park on April 20 with “The Conversation Station” — an interactive exhibit that invites festival-goers to record video testimonials about marijuana and driving and offers another opportunity for people to weigh in on CDOT’s creative concepts. Based on feedback gathered last year, Coloradans want to see more credible, independent, empirical research on drugged driving – so CDOT is also working to support the Colorado School of Public Health at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus’ study on marijuana and driving performance, which will have a presence at the festival alongside CDOT.

This is a really complicated issue and we realize there isn’t a straightforward solution,” said Cole. “That’s why it’s so important for the public to engage in this process and be a part of these conversations to help guide the future of cannabis in Colorado.”

To heighten safety awareness, CDOT recently announced its Whole System Whole Safety initiative. This project takes a systematic statewide approach to safety combining the benefits of CDOT’s programs that address human factors, physical assets and organizational culture to better support real time operations. The goal is to improve the safety of Colorado’s transportation network by reducing the rate and severity of crashes and improving safety conditions for those traveling by all transportation modes. The program has one simple mission - to get everyone home safely.

Marijuana-impaired driving continues to be a problem on Colorado roads. From 2017 to 2018, the Colorado State Patrol (CPS) noted a 25 percent increase in marijuana DUI citations, and in 2018, more than 20 percent of all DUI citations by CPS involved marijuana.

For more information about The Cannabis Conversation and upcoming opportunities to participate, visit ColoradoCannabisConvo.com.

About CDOT
CDOT has approximately 3,000 employees located throughout Colorado, and manages more than 23,000 lane miles of highway and 3,429 bridges. CDOT also manages grant partnerships with a range of other agencies, including metropolitan planning organizations, local governments and airports. It also administers Bustang, the state-owned and operated interregional express service. Gov. Jared Polis has charged CDOT to further build on the state’s intermodal mobility options

Save the Date: 2019 Public Health in the Rockies

2019 Public Health in the Rockies Conference
Equity and Social Justice: Innovation at Elevation

August 27 - 30, 2019
Keystone Conference Center, Keystone, CO

Register by June 15, 2019 to avoid paying the late conference rates!

Are you ready to register for the biggest public health conference in the region?

The theme of the 2019 Public Health in the Rockies conference is Equity and Social Justice: Innovation at Elevation. This theme continues discussions of our communities’ current and future public health issues. Most importantly, we will learn from our peers’ policy development efforts, advocacy work, authentic community engagement work, and innovative programs to address challenges related to advancing health equity and social justice.

We will continue to discuss our current and future public health and advocacy work in addressing health equity, inclusiveness, and community engagement, in order to create real world solutions to improve the health of our communities.

Conference organizer is Colorado Public Health Association (CPHA) 
The purpose of the 2019 Public Health in the Rockies Conference is to provide an opportunity for education, networking and skill development of professionals in Colorado and neighboring regions. The Conference is designed to build a more competent public health workforce.
The goals of the conference are to:

  1. Provide a forum for public health professionals to develop new skills, demonstrate best practices, exchange lessons learned, share current research, and discover valuable resources.
  2. Offer a multi-disciplinary conference program that encompasses the broad aspects of public health.
  3. Stimulate innovation in public health practice.
  4. Promote awareness around Colorado’s adoption of the Public Health 3.0 and Foundational Public Health Services models.
  5. Provide a meeting and discussion opportunity for the CPHA members, other public health interest groups, special interest groups, and new & non-traditional public health partners.
  6. Encourage networking of all professions represented in public health, special interest groups, and new & non-traditional public health partners.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Opportunity: Contribute to the Cannabis Conversation with CDOT

CDOT's Cannabis Conversation Seeks Public Input on Future PSA Campaigns

Last month, CDOT and its partners officially kicked off the 2019 continuation of The Cannabis Conversation with a media event at Lightshade Dispensary. Media was invited to get an inside look at some of the creative concepts CDOT is working on for a future marijuana-impaired driving educational ad campaign and speak to representatives from our team, CSP, Marijuana Industry Group and Lightshade. Meanwhile, we also wrapped up preliminary message testing on the creative ad campaign concepts with a small group of online survey participants.
Since then, CDOT has been tweaking our creative concepts based on the preliminary feedback and is excited to launch a widespread public survey this week inviting the greater population of Colorado to weigh in and help further refine the ad concepts. We’ll also be conducting an online focus group next month to gather in-depth insights from selected participants. CDOT looks forward to sharing these ideas with the community and hearing your honest, constructive ideas for how our future education campaign can most effectively address the complicated issue of cannabis and driving.
CDOT will host the first event in a series of stakeholder workshops across the state on April 16 in Colorado Springs. In partnership with the CSU Institute of Cannabis Research and Native Roots the workshop will be an opportunity to dig deeper into discussions about ways to message marijuana-impairment education and identify potential solutions. Additional workshops are being planned for later this spring in Denver, Grand Junction and Gypsum 
On April 20, CDOT will be at the Fly Hi 420 Festival at Civic Center Park to talk with cannabis consumers, gather feedback on our creative ad concepts and provide an update on the campaign.
If your organization is interested in contributing to The Cannabis Conversation, bringing awareness to marijuana-impaired driving and helping identify potential solutions, contact Sam Cole at sam.cole@state.co.us for information on ways to get involved.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Distracted Driving: Setting Devices to Do Not Disturb Mode

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month! Distracted driving is a serious issue in Colorado, and drivers everywhere need to do what they can to eliminate distractions and concentrate on the road. Robye Nothnagel from Colorado Drive Safe is raising awareness and sharing her story of the dangers of distracted driving, and how we can all be safer by eliminating distractions while behind the wheel.

Robye Nothnagel appears on Good Morning Vail for Distracted Driving Awareness month. She shares the story of how she was struck in a crosswalk by a driver who was texting while driving.

Setting your phone to "Do Not Disturb" mode is easy to do, and a good habit to get into before driving. Instructions for most devices can be found online. For more news on distracted driving and raising awareness for this issue, see CDOT's campaign for distraction-free driving.