Tuesday, March 21, 2017

CDOT Launches Seat Belt Safety Campaign with Giant Grenade

To stem the rise of passenger vehicle fatalities and increase seat belt use across the state, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) unveiled a 9-foot-tall traveling grenade exhibit. The mock grenade represents the dangers that unbuckled passengers pose in a crash.

The giant grenade isn’t a traditional “buckle up” message, but is designed to turn heads and spark conversation. Written in spray paint across the grenade’s seat-belt-material surface is: “An unbuckled passenger can be just as deadly.”

CDOT says the state is facing a traffic safety crisis, and while the grenade imagery may shock some people, it’s a necessary tactic to gain attention on the dangers of not buckling up. In a crash, unsecured passengers don’t literally explode, but they do turn into heavy, blunt projectiles that can smash into others in the car, causing serious injury and even death.

“This sculpture is bigger than life, and so is the issue,” said Sam Cole, Safety Communications Manager for CDOT. “A grenade may imply danger and violence, but so does every person who rides unsecured in a car. We need to change the way people think about beltless passengers.”

Newly released data shows passenger vehicle fatalities rose in 2016. Unbelted passenger deaths topped 180, and passenger vehicle fatalities overall climbed to 362. For a decade, rates were on the decline, but for the second year in a row, the numbers have moved in the wrong direction. And while deaths are up, seat belt use rates are falling. Only 84 percent of people in Colorado buckle up. That’s far below the national average of 90.1 percent.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Spring Course on Road Safety Fundamentals - Now Accepting Applications!

Join transportation professionals from across the country for an in-depth study of the fundamentals of road safety. Presented by the Road Safety Academy of the UNC Highway Safety Research Center, Road Safety 101 is a free online course designed for individuals new to transportation-related fields. It is based on the NCHRP 17-40 Model Curriculum for Highway Safety Core Competencies.

After completing this course, students will understand the basics of developing and implementing successful, collaborative road safety programs. Students will gain a better understanding of road safety data collection, analysis, and evaluation.

Who: Transportation, public health, planning, engineering, and law enforcement professionals interested in building core knowledge in road safety
When: May 11 - June 29, 2017 (weekly online sessions on Thursdays, 1:00-3:00 PM Eastern Time)
Application deadline: March 30 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time (see "Applications" below for more)
More Information: Contact Dan Gelinne (gelinne@hsrc.unc.edu919-962-8703)

Applications
Road Safety 101 is ideally suited for professionals who are new to road safety and are just starting out in transportation-related jobs. This includes transportation planners, engineers, public health professionals, policy makers, and educators.

To apply, please complete the brief course application (rsa.unc.edu/documents/RoadSafety101_Application.docx) and submit it as an email attachment to Dan Gelinne (gelinne@hsrc.unc.edu919-962-8703) by Thursday, March 30. Students will be notified by April 7 if they are selected to participate.

Course Structure and Schedule
The course will primarily consist of weekly two-hour interactive online sessions, along with roughly one hour of independent work and reading to be completed outside of class per week. Weekly sessions will be held from 1:00 to 3:00 PM Eastern Time on Thursday afternoons. Course instructors include researchers based at the UNC Highway Safety Research Center, as well as experts from outside organizations and guest speakers representing a variety of perspectives on road safety. In addition to lectures and guest speakers, classes will feature interactive discussions and student-led instruction based on work performed outside of class.

Schedule Overview:
· May 11     Course Orientation
· May 18     Lesson 1: Foundations of Road Safety
· May 25     Lesson 2: Measuring Safety
· June 1      Lesson 3: Solving Safety Problems (Part I)
· June 8      Lesson 4: Solving Safety Problems (Part II)
· June 15    Lesson 5: Human Behavior and Road Safety
· June 22    Lesson 6: Implementing Road Safety Programs
· June 29    Final Discussion

Be sure to share the information with new colleagues, community partners, and grantees!


Thursday, March 9, 2017

OBH Announces RFP for Persistent Drunk Driving and Law Enforcement

The Colorado Office of Behavioral Health has announced a Request for Proposals for Persistent Drunk Driving and Law Enforcement Fund Grants. Funds will be used to support primary prevention efforts to impaired driving and/or the local conditions that facilitate this behavior at all levels of the community, especially among young drivers. Proposals should focus on comprehensive primary prevention programs and practices that target both general population and subgroups that are at high risk for substance misuse and abuse for those ages 15-34.

Goals to be achieved within 5 years:
● Identify and prioritize risk factors related to impaired driving in the identified community
● Create a comprehensive and collaborative community strategy to change local conditions related to identified risk factors
● Mitigate the effects of local conditions related to identified risk factors within target population. Of critical importance to this project is the ability to implement an environmental strategy. A primary goal of this effort is to create policy change.

Who may apply: Organizations eligible to submit a proposal include governmental entities, such as county, city, schools and school districts, universities, local health or human services departments; other public entities; tribal entities; private non-profit entities; community based organizations; and faith based organizations.

Proposals are due by March 31, 2017 by 2pm. 

Application Documents can be found at www.colorado.gov/vss   Click on the public access tab.  Type 2017000217 in the search field.  Click on the details tab, then click on the attachments tabs for all documentation relative to this RFP.

Monday, March 6, 2017

22 Percent of Coloradans Admit to Reading Messages While Driving

New CDOT Survey Reveals Other Dangerous Roadway Behaviors

A new statewide driver survey finds that almost a quarter of Coloradans admit to reading a text, email or social post on their phones while driving. The survey also finds that nearly 40 percent of adult drinkers drove within two hours of drinking alcohol; and regarding seat belts, pickup truck drivers are less likely to buckle up, especially on local roads. The information was compiled from 845 surveys mailed to Colorado residents in November 2016 by the Colorado Department of Transportation.

The survey assesses Colorado residents’ attitudes and behaviors related to seat belt use, speeding, distracted driving and alcohol, marijuana and prescription medication use. Highlights of the survey include:

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.

Ads:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYszme4xVADCjGDTfb-JVIKLHPbYihleE

Website:
https://www.codot.gov/safety/alcohol-and-impaired-driving

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
ANSCHUTZ MEDICAL CAMPUS, EDUCATION 2 NORTH, ROOM 1206

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