Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Check out the first edition of CDOT's newsletter, Traffic Safety Pulse

Traffic Safety Pulse was developed by CDOT’s communications team for the following purposes:
  • Allows you to request collateral, marketing and PR materials for all CDOT’s safety campaign
  • Provides updates on the latest work of CDOT’s Highway Safety Office, such as the June conference in Keystone!
  • Is a source for you to release information about your safety campaigns, events and other news
  • Keeps you in the loop on when and where CDOT campaigns are launching
If you would like to share announcements, updates, accomplishments, or anything exciting and newsworthy, please send to cdotcollateral@gmail.com. It will be considered for inclusion in the newsletter.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Accidents caused by distracted driving undercounted

From: khon2

A lot of folks have been there. You’re driving down the road and hear your phone ring or beep to indicate a new message has arrived.

The law says you can’t pick it up, but many people do.

Just how dangerous is distracted driving, and how many accidents is it causing every year?

Always Investigating found out cellular phones may be leading to far more accidents than is being recorded or disclosed.

Terrence Iwamoto told us about his run-in with a distracted driver on the H-1 Freeway.

“I’m stuck in my lane and I just happened to look in my rearview mirror. I notice there’s a woman in the car behind that’s looking down, she’s not looking straight forward,” he recalled. “I couldn’t do much, because I’m stuck in my lane on the freeway. All I had to do was just brace or hope the woman would start looking up.”

Instead she slammed into the back of his car.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

2015 National Distracted Driving Enforcement April 10-15, 2015 | National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

In recognition of April's National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, NHTSA has planned a number of activities. They are also kicking off its second national highly visible enforcement campaign for distracted driving: U Drive. U Text. U Pay., which is supported by English and Spanish language television, radio and digital advertising.

NHTSA has also developed a robust social media strategy designed to raise public awareness about the consequences of texting and driving. The focus is on the idea that "If you're texting, you're not driving." We anticipate that this message will engage the target audience of men and women 18-34 (slightly skewed toward women) with creative and persuasive messaging on NHTSA social media channels and their media partners.

Paid advertising will run April 6-15, 2015. Click here for the 2015 Media Work Plan.

Currently available:
2015 Campaign Materials
2015 PEAK Enforcement Kit

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Submit a Nomination for MADD's Law Enforcement Recognition Awards

MADD Colorado would like to thank those in the community who work every day in an effort to achieve each piece of their 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, 2014.

Submit nominations no later than March 15, 2015.

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

Nominees and honorees, along with key stakeholders from across the state, will be invited to attend a recognition dinner and awards presentation on June 17, 2015 in Denver.

Please contact Ilana Kurtzig with any questions.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The FY16 OTS Request for Applications, OTS Project Application Instructions and Template and Application Score Sheet

The FY16 OTS Request for Applications, OTS Project Application Instructions and Template and Application Score Sheet are now posted at:

New for this year - This application is for a three-year grant period. The first year grant cycle will begin on or after October 1, 2015. Funding for the second and third years in the three-year funding cycle will be based on satisfactory performance, adherence to the program specifications, the availability of funding and the submission of required second and third year application and budget updates.

The 2015 Problem Identification Report is also available at the link above or at:

The RFA process will kick off with an informational webinar hosted by CDOT and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at 10:00 am. The link is:

If your computer does not have speakers and a mic you will also need to call into:

Conference Line: 712-432-0220 Pin: 2589

A recording of the webinar will also be posted for those unable to attend the webinar.

Additional technical assistance will be made available through CDPHE - more details will be posted on the website as information becomes available.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Thumb Tied expands distracted driving app to new users, new markets

From:  Capital Gains

A Lansing-developed app that can prevent texting and driving is expanding across platforms and markets as people look to keep drivers focused on the road and not on their mobile devices.

Developed by PNP Technologies and Tucknologies, Thumb Tied senses when the user of a mobile device is driving and blocks incoming texts, calls, emails and other notifications. Drivers can still access up to three emergency contacts and 911. When the user is done driving, the app shuts down, allowing the smart phone user to see missed notifications and messages. And since the app works with Blue Tooth, drivers can use navigation features as long as commands are voice activated and hands-free.

"Parents love it," says Waylon Sanford who came up with the concept for Thumb Tied with his business partner Kevin Karpinski. "But my personal point in developing the app was to get the trust of teens."