Monday, September 27, 2021

Webinar: How to Take on Harmful Jaywalking Laws - America Walks

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Join us for our next webinar, How to Take on Harmful Jaywalking Laws, happening Friday, October 15th between 11am – 12pm PST and 2pm - 3pm EST.

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Kansas City and Virginia recently decriminalized jaywalking and the California legislature right now is considering the same action. They are driven by data and lived experiences that show BIPOC community members bear the burden of police enforcement at disproportionate rates, with the harm outweighing any alleged safety benefits.

America Walks supports these efforts because safety and equity demand not unjust enforcement, but investments to undo the street and road designs (often forced on BIPOC communities) that are hostile to pedestrians. Could your state or city be next to follow suit and set this critical precedent? We hope so.

This webinar will equip you with:

  • Practical lessons, knowledge and tools to advocate for and organize around removing jaywalking laws and enforcement in your community.

  • Intimate and timely strategies straight from the leaders/advocates who have recently worked to repeal jaywalking laws in their region and those who are in the thick of it.

  • The nuances of considering place, authentic community engagement and how to gather and use convincing data for your case.

Join host and moderator Charles T. Brown, award-winning expert in planning and policy and founder/principal of Equitable Cities, and expert panel members working at the state and local level to decriminalize jaywalking.

We’ll highlight how you can best invest in these issues within your community and why it is vitally important to achieving mobility justice. Join us!

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Charles T. Brown is the founder and principal of Equitable Cities, a minority- and veteran-owned urban planning, public policy and research firm focused at the intersection of transportation, health and equity.

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Caro Jauregui is an active transportation professional and mobility justice advocate who has dedicated herself to pedestrian safety through her work with California Walks and in her community of unincorporated West Whittier in Los Angeles County.

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Michael Kelley leads BikeWallkKC’s efforts to advocate for the policies, plans, and projects which will support a culture of active living in the Kansas City region and beyond.

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Councilmember Isaiah Thomas is a freshman At-Large Councilmember serving on Philadelphia City Council. He serves as Chair of the Streets Committee and Vice Chair of the Children and Youth Committee. 

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Friday, September 24, 2021

Workshop: Traffic Safety with an Eye on Equity


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Date and time:
Friday, October 1, 2021 11:00 am
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Duration:1 hour 30 minutes
Traffic Safety with an Eye on Equity – The tragic death of George Floyd in 2020 led to national civil unrest and calls to defund the police. It also provided us the opportunity to initiate conversations regarding equity in traffic safety. Join us for a workshop to learn about 2 reports recently released by the Governor’s Highway Safety Association (GHSA) highlighting the disproportionate impact traffic crashes have on minority communities and learn what states are doing to address disparities. Traffic enforcement has always been and will always be a critical countermeasure in the field of traffic safety but how can we all work together to eliminate disparity while saving lives at the same time.

Moderator: Chuck DeWeese, Assistant Commissioner, Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC) and Chair of the Governor’s Highway Safety Association (GHSA).

Speaker 1- Pam Shadel Fischer, Senior Director of External Engagement at GHSA

Speaker 2- Michael Prince – Director, Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning

Speaker 3- Chief Joseph Sinagra, Saugerties NY Police Department

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Resource from the CDC: Keeping Children and Teens Safe on the Road, and Beyond


Child Passenger Safety Week—September 19-25, 2021

Each year the third week in September is Child Passenger Safety Week. This year, 

Child Passenger Safety week is September 19-25, 2021. Parents and caregivers 

can make a lifesaving difference by checking whether their children are properly 

buckled in a car seat, booster seat, or seat belt on every trip. Learn more about 

CDC’s car seat, booster seat, and seat belt recommendations here: 

Child Passenger Safety | CDC.  

Keep children and teens safe from leading causes of injury deaths

Unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death for children and youth aged 
1–19 in the United States. The good news is that child injury death rates have decreased 11% from 2010 to 2019, according to a new CDC study in the Journal 
Safety Research. Yet injury is still the leading cause of death for children and 
teens—with some groups at higher risk. The new report describes how unintentional 
injury death rates among children and youth aged 0–19 years have changed during 
2010–2019 in the United States, by sex, age group, race/ethnicity, mechanism, 
county urbanization level, and state.

Key findings:

  • Overall unintentional injury death rates among children and youth aged 
    0–19 years decreased 11% from 2010–2019. Despite overall decreases in child injury
    death rates from 2010 to 2019, rates increased among some groups from 2010–2019:
    • Suffocation death rates increased among infants by 20% and among
      Black children by 21%
    • Motor vehicle traffic death rates among Black children increased 9%
      while that of White children decreased 24%
    • Poisoning death rates increased 37% among Black children and 50%
      among Hispanic children
  • In 2018–2019, child injury death rates were highest for: 
    • Boys
    • Infants under 1 year, followed by teens aged 15–19
    • American Indian and Alaska Native children, followed by Black children
    • Children in rural areas

What can be done: While the overall injury death rates improved, certain children 

and their parents and caregivers can benefit from focused prevention strategies, 

including infants and Black, Hispanic, and American Indian and Alaska Native 

children. Focusing effective strategies to prevent suffocation, motor vehicle crash 

injuries, and poisoning among those at disproportionate risk can further reduce unintentional injury deaths among children and youth in the next decade.

Read the article: Unintentional Injury Deaths in Children and Youth, 2010–2019

CDC Web Feature: Injuries Among Children and Teens

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

CDOT: Car crashes remain a leading cause of death for kids - CDOT partners with hospitals in child passenger safety education blitz

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Sept. 21, 2021

Car crashes remain a leading cause of death for kids

CDOT partners with hospitals in child passenger safety education blitz 

(A Denver mother and her two kids were rear-ended in July 2020 by a dump truck going 35 mph. The kids were properly restrained and uninjured.)

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DENVER — According to national data, two kids under 13 were killed every day, on average, in car crashes in 2019. Sept. 19-25 is National Child Passenger Safety Week, and in response to such alarming statistics, Car Seats Colorado and the Denver Department of Transportation and Infrastructure (DOTI) are working with HealthONE and UCHealth to educate health care workers as part of a community outreach effort. 

In Colorado from 2015 to 2019, 48 children under age 8 were killed in passenger vehicle crashes. Swedish Medical Center also reports:

  • Over the past two years, motor vehicle crashes have remained the third leading cause of preventable injury seen at Swedish Medical Center for individuals 0-14 years old.

  • Of these kids, 83% were unrestrained, 75% required surgery and 60% were ejected from the vehicle at the time of the crash.

  • These are, in almost all cases, preventable by proper car seat use.

The Colorado Department of Transportation, DOTI and HealthONE held a press conference today to share the firsthand experiences of health care workers who have seen the consequences of improper car seat use and to emphasize the importance of proper car seat, booster seat and seat belt use.

“As a law enforcement officer out on the road, I’ve seen some horrible crashes,” said Trooper Tim Sutherland, Colorado State Patrol Child Passenger Safety Program Coordinator. “I’ve been amazed at how effective car seats can be when used correctly. Kids walking away without a scratch, that’s what we always hope for.” 

Nurses, who are often the first contact with new parents, are a focal point of these efforts to better inform caregivers on the crucial and often misunderstood basics of car seat use. Car Seats Colorado and DOTI are coordinating with Swedish Medical Center in Englewood and other hospitals along the Front Range to distribute thousands of lanyard badges to nurses, doctors, prevention workers and child safety advocates.

"When it comes to car and booster seats, there are endless variations and it can become overwhelming," said Swedish Medical Center Injury Prevention Coordinator Melanie Wuzzardo. "As a parent myself, I can relate to this. Having a car/booster seat fit check gives parents the confidence to use their car seat correctly every single time."

(Swedish Medical Center doctors, nurses and staff received educational badges and expressed support in honor of Child Passenger Safety Week)

According to child passenger safety technicians, car/booster seats are commonly misused in these ways:

  • The baby is too loose in the harness.

  • The chest clip isn’t in the correct location.

  • The car seat base is too loose.

  • The car seat incline is incorrect.

“Estimates range from 59% to nearly 84% of kids are improperly restrained while riding in a vehicle,” said CDOT’s Office of Transportation Safety Director Darrell Lingk. “These numbers are far too high, and we’re happy to be working with hundreds of Colorado health care workers and educators to better inform parents on the issue.”

The informational lanyard badges will help health care workers and parents learn: 

  • Age, height, weight, and physical development all play a role in proper car seat fit.

  • Installation can be more complicated than people think. Correct strap tension and placement are important; securing the seat to the car correctly is a must; and knowing whether or not your seat has been recalled is crucial. 

  • Read both your car seat manufacturer and car owner’s manual.

  • It’s free and highly recommended to have your seat checked by a certified child passenger safety technician. 

DOTI and HealthONE are offering a series of “pop-up” seat check fit stations this week. Caregivers can register here. Car seat checks are available statewide — you can find a car seat inspection location near you that will inspect your car seat for free. 

Seat Check Saturday — Seat Safety Inspections

When: Saturday, Sept. 25

Time: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Where: Barnum Recreation Center
Event will have free food, children’s entertainment and car and booster seat giveaways.


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. 



Car Seats Colorado is composed of CSP, CDOT, local car seat technicians, law enforcement, emergency services and other professionals who are dedicated to implementing child passenger safety programs and encouraging parents to take the necessary steps to protect their children when in vehicles. Learn more about how to keep children safe in vehicles and download informational resources at


CDOT’s Whole System-Whole Safety program has one simple mission — to get everyone home safely. Our approximately 3,000 employees work tirelessly to reduce the rate and severity of crashes and improve the safety of all modes of transportation. The department manages more than 23,000 lane miles of highway, more than 3,000 bridges and 35 mountain passes. CDOT also manages grant partnerships with a range of agencies, including metropolitan planning organizations, local governments and airports. It also operates Bustang, the state-owned interregional express bus service. Gov. Jared Polis has charged CDOT to further build on the state’s intermodal mobility options.