Wednesday, April 22, 2015

April is distracted driving awareness month

From: abc23

The United States Department of Transportation has proclaimed April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

There are three distinct types of distracted driving: physical, visual, and audial/cognitive. Physical distractions involve taking one's hands off the wheel and include eating, drinking, changing the radio/GPS, applying make-up, reaching for items in car, children and pets.

Visual distractions involve taking one's eyes off the road and include texting, emailing, dialing, reading, looking at the radio/GPS, and watching movies. Audial or cognitive distractions involve taking one’s mind off the road and include talking on phone, car conversations, books on tape, music, etc.

The most popular and dangerous form of distracted driving is texting while driving.

This distraction continues to be a growing issue that puts not only the “texter” at risk of being in an accident, but also passengers and innocent bystanders. Texting and driving makes it 23 times more likely that an accident will occur.

Some studies now show that texting and driving is equivalent to driving after drinking four beers. In 2012, about 1.3 million crashes involved cell phones. Teens are the most likely to text while driving, with approximately 77% of teens having admitted to texting while driving.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

MADD Colorado Seeks a Part-time Victim Services Specialist to Serve Victims and Survivors Impacted by Drunk and Drugged Driving

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Colorado fights to keep communities and families safe in our state. Our organization seeks to give a voice to victims and provides support services to drunk and drugged driving victims and survivors at no charge through local MADD victim advocates and a 24-7 victim support line, 1-877-MADD-HELP.

The part-time Victim Services Specialist will join a team of staff and volunteers committed to making a positive difference in the lives of victims and survivors. The Victim Services Specialist will dedicate 20 hours a week to serving families and individuals who have been unjustly impacted by the tragedy of drunk and drugged driving.

Our organization is working to increase its outreach to Latino communities so Spanish language proficiency is strongly preferred.

This position will serve a caseload of victims and survivors of alcohol and drugged driving who are in need of short-term crisis intervention, emotional and grief support, advocacy, support groups, and appropriate referral sources for continued long-term needs. The Victim Services Specialist will provide court accompaniment and guidance with legal, financial, and medical systems. This specialist works in conjunction with other Victim Services staff and volunteers to provide consultation and support to victims where needed.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Texting Bans Tied to Drop in Car Crash Injuries

From: Medline Plus

Most U.S. states now have bans on texting while driving, and those laws may be preventing some serious traffic accidents, a new study suggests.

Researchers found that car-crash hospitalizations dipped in states that instituted relatively strict bans on texting and driving between 2003 and 2010.

Overall, the hospitalization rate in those states declined by 7 percent versus states with no bans, the researchers report in the American Journal of Public Health.

The findings cannot prove that texting bans caused the shift, said study leader Alva Ferdinand, an assistant professor at Texas A&M School of Public Health.

But, she added, her team tried to account for the other factors that could explain the decline -- like laws on speeding, drunk driving, handheld cellphones and teen driving restrictions.

And texting bans were still linked to a decline in hospitalizations for traffic accidents.

Specifically, the benefit was seen in states with "primarily enforced" texting bans, Ferdinand said.

That means law enforcement can pull drivers over just on suspicion of texting.

Friday, April 10, 2015

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

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:

“Proven and Promising Programs to Reach Parents” - April 28
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The next webinar will be focused on creating a solid curriculum in:

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Live 60-minute Webinar: April 28, 2015 at 1 p.m. CST

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Monday, March 30, 2015

Register for Improving Colorado's Road Health Summit

The Colorado Department of Transportation and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment are pleased to announce that registration for the Improving Colorado’s Road Health Summit is now available! Please join other traffic safety partners in Keystone on June 3- 5 to discuss current and emerging traffic safety issues including older driver safety, distracted driving, and marijuana impaired driving. Participants will have the opportunity to hear various presentations, participate in interactive panels and discuss evidence-based policies to improve Colorado's road health. Scholarships are available for room costs. Details are in the registration section.

Please go to to register. The preliminary agenda, CarFit pre-summit materials, and logistic information can also be found on this site and will be updated as new information becomes available.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Crash after crash, AAA video shows dangers of distracted driving

A new study is exposing a disturbing trend among teen drivers. AAA reports distraction was a factor in nearly six of 10 moderate or severe accidents involving teenagers.

And car crashes are the leading cause of death for American teens.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Distractions are a factor in 60 percent of teeange car crashes

Distractions, such as talking with passengers or using cell phones while behind the wheel, play a far greater role in crashes involving teenage drivers. New startling statistics released by AAA Colorado says distractions are a factor in nearly 60 percent of teen crashes.