Friday, January 23, 2015

Proven Strategies to Help Save Lives in Your State: Injury Center News

New State Fact Sheets on Drunk Driving and Restraint Use

Check out your state's data and strategies on drunk driving and restraint use and get more state data and information that can help you implement strategies to save lives.

These fact sheets have been developed as a useful tool to highlight current data and strategies proven effective for reducing or preventing drunk driving and increasing the use of seat belts, car seats, and booster seats.

Tools You Can Use

Download state datasets, maps, charts, and graphs already created for you that you can use in your presentations and web sites. Data are available for all 50 states and the District of Columbia and divided up by HHS Region.
Learn More from the CDC Injury Center

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Creating Cultural Change in Teen Driving: National Safety Council Webinar Series on How to Effectively Build and Grow Your Initiative

Feb 24, 2015

2:00 pm, EST


Join your peers of program managers, injury prevention specialists, family advocates, parent and teen organizations and many others for the first part of a FREE webinar series brought to you by the National Safety Council with support from The Allstate Foundation. We will be discussing effective ways to build achievable plans around transportation safety initiatives with examples from promising and proven teen safe driving projects. This webinar series will discuss the proven pillars of culture change related to teen driving: policy, policing, population and publicity. Webinar attendees will learn about:

  • “Working with Law Enforcement to Support Your Campaign” (Feb. 24)
  • “Using Social Media to Reach Your Audience” (March 24)
  • “Proven and Promising Programs to Reach Parents” (April 28)
  • “How to Find the Right Financial Partner for Your Teen/Parent Engagement Program” (May 26)
  • The first webinar will be focused on creating a solid curriculum in: “Working with Law Enforcement to Support Your Campaigns”

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Almost three-quarters of parents turn car seats to face forward too early

From: EurekAlert!

Using a rear-facing car seat until a child is age two reduces risk of serious injury, but close to one-quarter of parents report they turned the seat around before their child was even one year old, according to a new University of Michigan study.

In March 2011, the American Academy of Pediatrics updated its guidelines for child passenger safety, extending the recommendation for rear-facing car seat use from one year of age and 20 pounds in weight to a minimum of two years of age or until a child has outgrown the weight/height limits of their rear-facing seat.

The U-M researchers asked parents about when they transitioned their child to a forward-facing seat in two national surveys - one in 2011, one month after the new guidelines were published and again in 2013.

The research was conducted as part of the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health.

In 2011, 33% of parents of 1-to 4-year-old children who had been turned to face forward had done so at or before 12 months. Just 16% reported turning their child's seat at 2 years or older.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Available Child Passenger Safety (CPS) scholarships to get recertified and upcoming CPS classes

Re-certification Scholarships Available

Are you needing to recertify before September 30, 2015? Did you know that CPS Team Colorado has almost 100 scholarships to pay for your recertification? Please click on the link below to apply for the scholarship.

CEU classes are being held throughout the state. Here are the upcoming classes.
CEU Classes

Do you know someone that would be a great CPS tech? Here are the upcoming classes for new technicians.
New Tech Classes

Friday, January 9, 2015

Police crack down on drunk drivers and those not wearing seat belts

From: Vail Daily

Telling motorists politely to buckle up and drive sober works, but cracking their knuckles with a traffic ticket works better.

Also, traffic tickets work three times better on women than men.

“Overall, the findings suggest that as unpopular as traffic tickets are among drivers, motorist behavior does respond to tickets,” said Dara Lee Luca, the Harvard Kennedy School researcher who did the study.

While road deaths peaked in the 1970s, fatalities actually rose between 2011 and 2012, even though vehicle-miles fell for the ninth straight year.

That sparked things like Click It or Ticket laws and crackdowns on drunk driving, like this one being running through this weekend by local and statewide law enforcement across Colorado.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Young NH entrepreneur hopes product puts him in driver's seat

From:  Union Leader

At this week's International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Londonderry teen T.J. Evarts will officially launch his steering-wheel cover invention that warns drivers of their distracted driving.

Evarts, who in 2013 turned down an investment offer on the ABC-TV show, "Shark Tank," also will kick off a crowd-funding effort for his SMARTwheel to raise at least $150,000 to get his invention into consumers' hands in May.

In Evarts' invention, lights and tones alert a driver to common distracted driving behaviors. Driving information also is delivered to a person's smartphone via Bluetooth, so a driver and/or a parent can see what grades the driver is receiving for distracted driving, including how many times the person took one or both hands off the wheel, he said.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Teen Drivers & Older Cars: A Deadly Mix

From:  The Car Connection

We're still in the middle of holiday season, but parent of teenagers are already thinking ahead to spring -- specifically, to graduation and their kids' inevitable request for a car.

If you're in that number, take note: the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has published a new report that may make you think twice about the vehicle you buy for your teen.

IIHS analyzed data on auto fatalities that occurred between 2008 and 2012, focusing on two groups of drivers: those in the 15-17-year-old range, and those 35-50. IIHS used vehicle identification numbers to determine the make, model, and model year of cars involved in those crashes.

What IIHS found was eye-opening, to say the least. Here are a few major takeaways:
  • Of the roughly 2,500 teenagers who died during the span studied, 82 percent were driving cars that were over six years old. In fact, 48 percent of teens killed were driving cars that were more than 11 years old.
  • A majority of teen fatalities took place in smaller vehicles: 29 percent occurred in mini or small cars, while 23 percent took place in a mid-size car. Only 10 percent occurred in large pickups, and just nine percent took place in a mid-size SUV.
  • Of the 19,000 middle-aged drivers who died during the period studied, 77 percent were in cars more than six years old, and 46 percent took place in cars that were over 11 years old.
  • The vehicles in which those drivers rode, however, were a very mixed bag. For example, 20 percent were mini or small cars, 17 percent were large pickups, 16 percent were mid-size sedans, and 11 percent were mid-size SUVs.