Friday, June 21, 2019

Colorado's Bike to Work Day is June 26th!

Though most of the country celebrates Bike to Work Month in May, we do things a bit differently here - we celebrate Colorado Bike Month in June, when the snow has melted enough for our mountain towns to join the fun.

Be sure to save the date for Colorado’s Bike to Work Day, Wednesday, June 26We hope you’re as excited as we are about Bike to Work Month! It’s a great time to get out and ride, and to help mentor a newer rider to introduce them to the joys of riding a bike. Register today!

Thursday, June 20, 2019

CDOT: Statewide Seat Belt Enforcement - Click It or Ticket

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Twitter: @coloradodot

June 19, 2019

Sam Cole, CDOT Communications Manager

Statewide Seat Belt Enforcement Cites 5051 Drivers
234 tickets issued for unrestrained children    

STATEWIDE — To help keep drivers and passengers safe on Colorado roads this summer, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), Colorado State Patrol (CSP) and 80 local law enforcement agencies teamed up for a statewide Click It or Ticket high-visibility seat belt enforcement from May 20 to June 2. A total of 5051 drivers were cited for seat belt violations, including 244 drivers who had improperly restrained children under 15 in their vehicle. Last year, 5,678 tickets were issued during the same enforcement period, of which including 234 involved unrestrained children.

The Click It Or Ticket seat belt enforcement program is a critical part of CDOT's Whole System Whole Safety initiative and the agency’s vision to reduce the number of deaths and injuries on Colorado roadways.

The Loveland Police Department (490 citations), the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office (399 citations), and the Greeley Police Department (250 citations) recorded the highest number of citations statewide. Fines for not buckling up start at $65, and drivers caught with an improperly restrained child can receive a minimum fine of $82.

“Using a seat belt is your best defense in a crash. You never know when a crash can happen, so it’s best to buckle up every time you get in a car no matter how short the trip,” said CDOT Director Shoshana Lew. “In 2017, an estimated 70 lives could have been saved in Colorado if everyone buckled up.”

In 2018, 220 passenger vehicle deaths in Colorado involved unbuckled drivers and passengers. Nationally Colorado ranks in the bottom third of states in seat belt use. Colorado’s seat belt use rate is 86 percent, which is well below the national average of 90 percent.

“It only takes a second to buckle a seat belt, but the impact is major. Seat belts save lives,” said Col. Matthew Packard, Chief of the CSP. “This summer and beyond, we hope Coloradans think about the effects of seat belts. Traveling in a car without a seat belt puts you at risk of never seeing your family again, ending your career and many other unfortunate circumstances. Buckle up, it’s not worth the gamble.”

Click It or Ticket will return for an enforcement period targeting rural areas of Colorado beginning July 15 through July 21. Last year, 938 unrestrained drivers and passengers were cited throughout the state during the enforcement.

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, regardless of 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 a 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.

Learn more about Click It or Ticket enforcement and Colorado’s seat belt laws at

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 driving behaviors, our built environment and the organization's operations. The goal is to improve the safety of Colorado’s transportation network by reducing the rate and severity of crashes and improving the safety of all transportation modes. The program has one simple mission—to get everyone home safely.

CDOT has approximately 3,000 employees located at its Denver headquarters and in regional offices 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. Governor Polis has charged CDOT to further build on the state’s intermodal mobility options.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Webinar: The Safe Systems Approach to Speed Management: An emerging safety trend in the U.S.

The Safe Systems Approach to Speed Management: 
An emerging safety trend in the U.S. 
June 26, 2019, 1:00 p.m. EDT


This webinar will cover how the Safe Systems approach started internationally, guides that exist for implementing Safe Systems infrastructure internationally that may be applied in part in the US, international case studies examples that are similar to the US, and current research taking place in the US on implementing the Safe Systems approach here. Participants will learn about what the Safe Systems approach is, existing resources and ways to apply Safe Systems in their work. This webinar will be 1.5 hours and will be a free webinar thanks to funding by the Road to Zero Coalition.

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will learn about Safe Systems research and trends emerging in the U.S.
  • Participants will hear international organizations with resources on Safe Systems approaches.
  • Participants will gain an understanding of how international Safe Systems approaches may be applicable in the U.S.
  • Participants will hear from cities applying Safe Systems toward improving safety through speed management and reducing serious injuries and fatalities toward Vision Zero

Monday, June 17, 2019

Teens Learn to Drive Launches the #LikeYouCare Campaign


Our #LikeYouCare campaign aims to change driving culture by encouraging drivers to think about the road as a shared space and make driving decisions that show they care about the safety of themselves and the others.
#LikeYouCare encourages people to remember that roads connect people to people. Every driver, passenger, cyclist, pedestrian, is somebody’s somebody. This campaign is a reminder to drive #LikeYouCare about the other people on the road because your choices affect them too.
Join the #LikeYouCare movement by sharing our Public Service Announcement and driving #LikeYouCare!

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Webinar: Positive Youth Development Approaches to Adolescent Health

Monday, June 10, 2019

Event: Walk Like MADD Annual Events in Colorado

Join Mothers Against Drunk Driving for their Annual Event: 
Walk Like MADD

Denver - August 3rd
Sloan's Lake Park

Colorado Springs - September 7th
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

Greeley - September 21st
Promontory Park

With every step taken and each dollar raised, we walk to save lives and support victims and survivors.

Friday, June 7, 2019

Fundraising Event: Support The Butterfly Foundation at Mod Market!

Support The Butterfly Foundation 
Tuesday, June 25th from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at: 

Mod Market
8575 E. Arapahoe Road #F, Greenwood Village

You must say "Butterfly Foundation" when you place your order.

50% of net proceeds benefit The Butterfly Foundation's 
grant making program and distracted driving awareness community outreach. 

Do you or someone you know need a hand-up? 

For questions, email Colleen Currie: