Friday, February 28, 2020

GHSA: 2019 Pedestrian Fatalities Highest Since 1988

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February 27, 2020
CONTACT: Joe Feese, 202-580-7930
New Projection: 2019 Pedestrian Fatalities Highest Since 1988
More than 6,500 Pedestrians Killed on U.S. Roads Last Year
WASHINGTON, D.C. – A new report from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) predicts that 6,590 pedestrian fatalities occurred in 2019, the highest number in more than 30 years. 

GHSA asked states to report pedestrian fatalities for the first six months of 2019. After adjusting the raw data based on historical trends, GHSA projects a 5% increase in the number of pedestrians killed during the full 2019 calendar year. In 2018, 6,227 people on foot lost their lives in motor vehicle crashes.

GHSA’s annual “Spotlight on Highway Safety” offers a first look at state and national trends in 2019 pedestrian traffic deaths, based on preliminary data provided by State Highway Safety Offices in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Richard Retting of Sam Schwartz Consulting analyzed the data and authored the report.

“In the past 10 years, the number of pedestrian fatalities on our nation’s roadways has increased by more than 50%,” said GHSA Executive Director Jonathan Adkins. “This alarming trend signifies that we need to consider all the factors involved in this rise, identify the high-risk areas, allocate resources where they’re needed most, and continue to work with local law enforcement partners to address the chronic driver violations that contribute to pedestrian crashes.” 

Pedestrians are projected to account for 17% of all traffic deaths in 2019, compared to 12% in 2009. While pedestrian deaths have been increasing significantly over the past decade, the number of all other traffic deaths has increased by only 2%. A statistical projection of traffic fatalities for the first half of 2019 (conducted by NHTSA) shows an estimated 3.4% reduction in overall traffic fatalities compared to the first half of 2018. Although advancements in motor vehicle safety and technology have increased survivability for vehicle occupants involved in crashes, pedestrians remain just as susceptible to sustaining serious or fatal injuries when struck by a motor vehicle. 

A number of trends offer insight into the many causes behind the rise in pedestrian fatalities:

  • Most pedestrian fatalities take place on local roads, at night and away from intersections, suggesting the need for safer road crossings and increased efforts to make pedestrians and vehicles more visible. During the past 10 years, the number of nighttime pedestrian fatalities increased by 67%, compared to a 16% increase in daytime pedestrian fatalities.
  • Many unsafe driving behaviors – such as speeding, distracted and drowsy driving – pose risks to pedestrians, and alcohol impairment by the driver and/or pedestrian was reported in nearly half of traffic crashes that resulted in pedestrian fatalities in 2018.
  • Pedestrians struck by a large SUV are twice as likely to die as those struck by a car. Although passenger cars are the largest category of vehicles in fatal pedestrian crashes, the number of pedestrian fatalities over the past decade involving SUVs increased at a faster rate – 81% – than passenger cars, which increased by 53%. 

“Each year, thousands of additional people are dying in pedestrian crashes compared to a decade ago” said report author Richard Retting. “Following 30 years of declining pedestrian fatalities, there has been a complete reversal of progress. Pedestrians are at an inherent disadvantage in collisions, and we must continue to take a broad approach to pedestrian safety.”

Despite the alarming projected increase in pedestrian deaths, the report identifies a number of promising lessons from state-reported data. For example, 20 states and Washington, D.C., saw declines in pedestrian fatalities for the first half of 2019 compared to 2018, with six states reporting double-digit declines and seven reporting consecutive years of declines. Additionally, sharp decreases in pedestrian fatalities in some cities suggest that state-level data may obscure local success stories.

In addition to examining pedestrian fatality crash characteristics, the report discusses comprehensive strategies to reduce pedestrian and motor vehicle crashes, addressing promising infrastructural, educational and enforcement approaches. It also outlines specific examples from states, such as targeted law enforcement efforts, outreach in high-risk areas, pedestrian safety assessments and road safety audits, and support for engineering efforts. 

The full report, including infographics and state-by-state data, is available at

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About GHSA
The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) is a nonprofit association representing the highway safety offices of states, territories, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. GHSA provides leadership and representation for the states and territories to improve traffic safety, influence national policy, enhance program management and promote best practices. Its members are appointed by their Governors to administer federal and state highway safety funds and implement state highway safety plans. Contact GHSA at 202-789-0942 or visit Find us on Facebook at or follow us on Twitter @GHSAHQ.

Thursday, February 27, 2020

CDOT: Increasing Seat Belt Awareness Within Summit County's Latino Community

Increasing Seatbelt Awareness within Summit County’s Latino Community

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for Latinos in Colorado between the ages of 1-34 and this population experiences disproportionate risks of dying or being injured in traffic accidents compared to non-Hispanic whites. Between 2010-2016, 315 of the 500 total fatalities involving an individual of Hispanic origin were not properly restrained — that means 63% of Latinos who died were not buckled. 
More than a few rural counties are over-represented by Hispanic traffic fatalities, so CDOT recently partnered with Summit County Court Judge Edward Casias and local law enforcement agencies to promote awareness of seat belt use within the county’s Hispanic communities.
In partnership with multicultural communications contractor, Hispanidad, CDOT developed material designed to engage and remind the community that seat belts can save lives. Posters were successfully distributed to a number of Hispanic retailers, including restaurants and grocery stores, while bilingual team members talked with residents about the state’s occupant protection laws and the value of buckling up … every time, every trip.

Please contact if you’d like to order a supply of 11” x 17” posters for use within your community.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Resource: Substance Use + Mental Health In Young Adults: Your Guide to Addressing Co-Occurring Disorders


Substance Use + Mental Health: Your Guide to Addressing Co-occurring Disorders
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What if your teen or young adult is not only struggling with a substance use disorder, but also a mental health disorder, like depression or anxiety, at the same time?

Formerly referred to as “dual diagnosis,” someone struggling with both a substance use disorder and a mental health disorder has a co-occurring disorder. In fact, 65 percent or more of youth with substance use disorders also have a mental health disorder.

We know the combination of substance use and mental health disorders can create a challenging situation, so we partnered with Child Mind Institute to create a PDF guide, Substance Use + Mental Health in Teens & Young Adults: Your Guide to Recognizing & Addressing Co-occurring Disorders. It gives parents and caregivers useful information, insights and resources that can help make this journey easier and help you get quality care for your child.
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Partnership for Drug-Free Kids and Center on Addiction have merged. Learn More

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Free Webinar: Marijuana Hospitality Establishments: An overview of New Rules and Implications for Local Communities

Marijuana Hospitality Establishments: An Overview of New Rules and Implications for Local Communities


Join the Center for Public Health Practice and the Rocky Mountain Public Health Training Center for a one-hour webinar to gain a better understanding of Colorado’s new state law allowing for the creation of Marijuana Hospitality Establishments (“tasting rooms” and "bring your own cannabis"). The new law allows local communities to opt in or out to allowing these establishments.

The webinar will provide an overview of the details of the new state law as well as discuss the process local communities can take to allow or prohibit these types of establishments.  We will present, and seek input on, tools and resources available to support professionals working on public health, safety, substance misuse, youth development, or social justice issues at the local level. 

Whether your community is currently discussing allowing hospitality establishments or not, please join us to learn more about changes to the state law and resources available to local communities so you can be informed and prepared to engage, as needed, in the future.

We will also have time for questions and comments.
Learning Objectives
  1. Describe new Colorado rules allowing local jurisdictions to allow or prohibit Marijuana Hospitality Establishments
  2. Identify resources for local communities available through the Center for Public Health Practice
Registration Information
Click here to register. You will need to be logged in or will need to create an account prior to registering for this training. Creating an account will not automatically register you for this training. You will need to re-open this page and register. Please email with registration questions.

Friday, February 21, 2020

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month
Teen dating violence (TDV) affects millions of U.S. teens each year. According to the CDC’s Youth Risk Behavior Survey and the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, nearly 1 in 11 female and 1 in 15 male high school students have reported experiencing physical dating violence in the last year (CDC, 2019). The effects of teen dating violence are damaging; youth who are victims of TDV are more likely to become depressed or anxious, misuse drugs and alcohol, or experience intimate partner violence in future relationships (CDC, 2019).

Teen dating violence can be prevented. Learn more about preventing TDV from the resources below:

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Funding Opportunity: Harm Reduction Grant RFA Released

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RFA for Harm Reduction Grant Funding Opportunity

The CDPHE Overdose Prevention Unit is excited to announce the release of a Request for Applications for the Harm Reduction Grant funding opportunity. Eligible entities that can apply for funding under this opportunity include local law enforcement agencies, local public health agencies, and nonprofit community-based organizations. The purpose of this funding is to reduce health risks associated with drug use by improving communication, coordination, and collaboration among law enforcement agencies, local public health agencies, and community-based organizations. Grantees must be willing to provide services to people across the full spectrum of substance use including those who are not yet ready to seek addiction treatment services or those who are in recovery. Applications are due March 20, 2020. 

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Webinar: National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

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LEL February Webinar
National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

February 19, 2020
1:30 p.m. ET


Drivers failing to give the road their full attention when they are behind the wheel continues to be a significant problem, and law enforcement is a critical partner in deterring this dangerous behavior. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will share creative strategies and information to support law enforcement in conducting distracted driving enforcement and education, a detailed account of recent activities going on across the country, and information on this year’s distracted driving enforcement and community engagement effort. As law enforcement agencies prepare for the high visibility enforcement period, attendees will also receive a refresher on the campaign communication resources available.
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