Friday, February 10, 2017

New DUI Campaign

Yesterday CDOT launched "What Will You Lose?" This new campaign seeks to bring awareness to the serious consequences of getting a DUI in Colorado, especially since there is now a felony law for multiple offenses. Testimonials from real DUI offenders are used to push our message.



Wednesday, January 11, 2017

In-vehicle technology and parent engagement: A randomized trail to improve safe teen driving - Injury and Violence Seminar Series

FEBRUARY 8, 2017
12-1 PM

Corinne Peek-Asa, PhD, Associate Dean for Research and Director, Injury Prevention Research Center

University of Iowa, College of Public Health

Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of injury and death for US teens, and teen drivers have crash rates higher than any other age group. In-vehicle technology that provides driving feedback to teens has been identified as a promising approach to reduce driving errors, as have efforts to improve parent supervision of teen driving. Dr. Peek-Asa will describe the neurobehavioral context for why teens are high-risk drivers, and she will present results from a randomized trial that tested the impact of in-vehicle feedback technology paired with a parent engagement program.

Corinne Peek-Asa, PhD is the Associate Dean for Research at the University of Iowa, College of Public Health, and Professor in the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health. She is the Director of the CDC-funded Injury Prevention Research Center and is the Principal Investigator for the NIH-funded University of Iowa International Injury and Violence Prevention Training program. Dr. Peek-Asa received her PhD in Epidemiology at UCLA in 1995 and has conducted epidemiological research on a number of injury topics including traffic safety, workplace violence, agricultural injury, home safety, and youth violence.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Flight for Life Distracted Driving Event

Friday, January 6th @ 3:30 PM
Rangeview Highschool
17599 E Iliff Ave
Aurora CO 80013

Thursday, November 17, 2016

CDPHE is hiring a Motor Vehicle Safety Coordinator

CDPHE is hiring a Motor Vehicle Safety Coordinator to serve as the motor vehicle safety coordinator for the VIP-MHP Branch, with a focus on providing technical assistance and training to local partners engaged in motor vehicle safety work, collaborating with other state agencies to improve motor vehicle safety in Colorado, and coordinating state-level task forces and work groups.

Position Title: Motor Vehicle Safety Coordinator - 1983

Classification: Public Health and Community Outreach Professional III
Job Location: Denver
Close Date: November 27, 2016 OR until we have identified an adequate applicant pool.

TO APPLY: Motor Vehicle Safety Coordinator - 1983

If you have difficulty with the link, please access the State of Colorado job website at

Jim Davidson
Office of Human Resources

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Child Death Rates from Motor Vehicle Crashes Vary Widely Between States

Study shows crash deaths are 12 times more common in some states; child-restraint use and traffic safety regulations play a role in regional differences

From: AAP

Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death among children in the United States. New research highlights how widely pediatric crash-related death rates vary from state to state, with child seat-restraint use and red-light camera policies appearing to play a role.

The abstract, “Pediatric Deaths from Motor Vehicle Crashes: State‐Level Variation and Predictors of Mortality,” will be presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) 2016 National Conference & Exhibition in San Francisco on Oct. 23. Researchers examining 2010-2014 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data discovered substantial differences among states, with annual mortality rates ranging from 0.25 deaths per 100,000 children in Massachusetts to 3.20 deaths per 100,000 children in Mississippi.

The study identified several factors linked to children’s death rates from crashes. States with a greater percentage of children who ride unrestrained or inappropriately restrained, and states where a larger proportion of crashes occur on rural roads or during the daytime, had higher motor vehicle crash death rates. States without a red light camera policy also had a greater percentage of children dying from crashes.

Friday, October 28, 2016

RIP to DUI: Halloween Impaired Driving Enforcement Begins Today

Beginning today Friday, Oct. 28, and continuing through Tuesday, Nov. 1, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), Colorado State Patrol (CSP) and law enforcement agencies throughout the state will increase their DUI enforcement as part of CDOT’s The Heat Is On campaign, aiming to eliminate drunk driving related injuries and fatalities this Halloween. In all, 100 law enforcement agencies will participate in the crack dwn.

Last year’s Halloween enforcement resulted in 269 DUI arrests, with the Denver Police Department (31), Aurora Police Department (27) and Colorado Springs Police Department (22) citing the most arrests. In addition, the Colorado State Patrol reported 55 arrests statewide.

“The consequences of a DUI goes beyond the financial repercussions,” said Darrell Lingk, Director of the Office of Transportation Safety at CDOT. “Drivers can lose their license, face time in jail and be summoned to community service, not to mention the possibility of killing yourself or someone else in a drunk driving crash. It is not worth the risk when driving impaired is entirely preventable.”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nationally, 45 percent of all traffic fatalities on Halloween between 2011-2015 involved a drunk driving related crash, while 23 percent of all pedestrian fatalities on Halloween involved a drunk driver.

“With thousands of families taking to the streets for trick-or-treating, it is imperative that we keep Colorado’s roads safe and free of impaired drivers.” said Colonel Scott Hernandez, Chief of the Colorado State Patrol. “We want Coloradans to celebrate responsibly this weekend. We’ll have more troopers, increased saturation patrols and DUI checkpoints in place to arrest those who unfortunately choose to drive after drinking.”

During the recent Fall Festivals DUI enforcement period, which ran from Sept. 16 to Oct. 24, law enforcement arrested 1352 people for impaired driving. The most arrests came from the Denver Police Department (161), Colorado Springs Police Department (154) and Aurora Police Department (221). The Colorado State Patrol reported 95 arrests statewide.

To access CDOT’s The Heat Is On arrest database for the Labor Day enforcement period Arrest data can be sorted by law enforcement agency, county and enforcement period.

The CDOT Highway Safety Office provides funding to Colorado law enforcement for impaired driving enforcement, education and awareness campaigns. The Heat Is On campaign runs throughout the year with 12 specific high visibility impaired driving enforcement periods centered on national holidays and large public events. Enforcement periods can include sobriety checkpoints, saturation patrols and additional law enforcement on duty dedicated to impaired driving enforcement. More details about the campaign, including impaired driving enforcement plans, arrest totals and safety tips can be found at