Thursday, April 14, 2016

Teens Take the Wheel

This free 2-hour event will help parents and teens to start a meaningful dialogue about safe driving. 

PARENT AND TEEN WILL
• Learn about Colorado’s Graduated Driver’s Licensing Law 
• Participate in distracted driving simulations and games 
• Take part in the “What Do You Consider Lethal?” presentation 
• Witness a mock teen crash trauma scenario 
• Hear the compelling story of teen crash survivor, Jacob Smith 
• Sign the distracted driving pledge and be entered to win prizes including gift cards and driver’s education tuition

Visit South Metro Safety Foundation to register for one of the following classes:

Parker Adventist HospitalFREE 4/18/16 6:00 PM
8:00 Pm 114
Swedish Medical CenterFREE 5/2/16 6:00 PM
8:00 PM 67
Aurora Medical CenterFREE 5/3/16 6:00 PM
8:00 PM 133

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Free Think Fast Teen Program

Children’s Hospital Colorado 
Tuesday, March 15, 7 - 8 p.m. 
2nd Floor Conference Center | Mt. Yale

This free event will help equip teens and their parents with the tools to begin a dialogue about safe driving and distractions.

Join us early, beginning at 6:30 p.m., for a variety of activities including our #protectyourselfie photo booth and chat with teen driving experts

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

2015 brought biggest percent increase in US traffic deaths in 50 years

From: Newsweek

Last year, the U.S. had the highest one-year percentage increase in traffic deaths in half a century, according to 2015 data released Wednesday by the National Safety Council (NSC). Initial estimates, which may be revised when more information becomes available, indicate that 38,300 people were killed on U.S. roads in 2015, and roughly 4.4 million sustained injuries that resulted in medical consultations. The number of deaths rose 8 percent from 2014, compared with a less than 0.5 percent increase between 2013 and 2014 and a 3 percent drop the previous year.

“We haven’t seen a jump like this in 50 years,” says Deborah A.P. Hersman, president and CEO of the NSC. “It’s a big change. This is not statistically insignificant. And we’re talking about human lives.”

The NSC identifies an improving economy as a possible cause for the increase, citing factors like lower unemployment and cheaper gas, which usually combine to mean more miles driven. During recession periods, people don’t drive to work as much or take as many vacations, since they have less discretionary income, Hersman says, and fatalities usually fall.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

2nd Annual Improving Colorado’s Road Health Summit

The Colorado Department of Transportation and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment are pleased to announce the 2nd Annual Improving Colorado’s Road Health Summit - “Moving Towards Zero Deaths”.

June 8-10, 2016 – Keystone, CO

This year the Summit theme will transition to “Moving Towards Zero Deaths” and will
reconvene the Emphasis Area Teams created through Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP).

The conference will be capped at 250 attendees. There is no registration fee and complimentary hotel will be provided for Wednesday and Thursday night.

Plenary and breakout session topics include:
  • Aging (Older) Road User
  • Bicycle/Pedestrian Safety
  • Data
  • Impaired Driving
  • Motorcycle
  • Occupant Protection
  • Young Drivers
  • Distracted Driving 

Registration will open early March. More details coming soon!


Friday, February 5, 2016

Submit a Nomination for MADD's Law Enforcement Recognition Awards

MADD Colorado would like to thank those in our community who work every day in an effort to achieve each piece of our mission through prevention, enforcement and victim support.

Please click here to nominate a law enforcement, judges, prosecutors, probation officers and victim advocates.

Please fill out the form for each individual and/or agency that you nominate. As indicated, nominations should include relevant statistics and achievements as they relate to the award category, as well as a photo of the nominee(s). Nominations are for activities and achievements from January 1-December 31, 2015.

Submit nominations no later than March 14, 2016.

Distribute this link to anyone that you think would like to submit a nomination.


Save the date: May 25, 2016

Nominees and honorees, along with law enforcement and stakeholders from across the state, will be invited to attend a recognition dinner and awards presentation.

Please contact Ilana Kurtzig with any questions. We look forward to receiving your nominations.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Traffic Safety Pulse - January Edition


Here is the first Traffic Safety Pulse for 2016. It's chock full of facts and stats as well as the latest information about CDOT's traffic safety campaign.






Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Colorado State Patrol troopers testing marijuana DUI devices

From: Fox31

The Colorado State Patrol is using marijuana DUI devices as part of a three-year pilot program.

Since March, more than 125 troopers have been equipped with one of five types of an oral fluid tester that sample a driver’s saliva for the presence of drugs, including marijuana.

“It would be nice to have that additional evidence on the side of the road,” CSP Major Steve Garcia said.

Troopers can perform roadside sobriety tests and seek a blood test, but much like a Breathalyzer for alcohol use, investigators would like a roadside device to give troopers probable cause to make an arrest.

“It would confirm or deny the officer's investigation that the suspect would be under the influence of marijuana or other drugs," Garcia said.

Under the pilot program, drivers have to consent to have the inside of their cheeks swabbed for saliva. The device then takes about five minutes to deliver an electronic readout, evaluating the presence of several narcotics, including marijuana.