Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Motorcycle Safety: Increasing Acceptance to Wear High-Visibility Gear

July 16, 2019

CONTACT: Kara Macek, 202-789-0944
Motorcyclists Reluctant to Wear High-Visibility Gear
New Findings Suggest How to Increase Acceptance
WASHINGTON, D.C. – As part of the National Cooperative Research and Evaluation Program (NCREP), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released a report examining why motorcycle riders choose to wear – or not wear – high-visibility gear and what can be done to encourage greater use rates.

Motorcyclists are far overrepresented in traffic fatalities, with more than 5,000 riders dying in crashes each year. Many of these tragedies are attributed to a motor vehicle driver not seeing the motorcyclists, making rider visibility paramount to safety.

Motorcyclists’ Attitudes on Using High-Visibility Gear to Improve Conspicuity: Findings From a Focus Group Study reports most participants did not regularly wear such gear. Those who did wear the ideal safety gear explained their decision was based on having been in a crash with a motor vehicle or personally knowing another rider who had been affected.

Participants recommended increasing the acceptance of high-visibility gear among motorcyclists through: more attractive and appealing clothing (with preference for retroreflective gear over bright colors); high-visibility elements being universally incorporated across all branded motorcycle gear; clear educational messaging backed by statistics; financial incentives such as insurance discounts; and gradual social norming, such as encouraging use during low-light conditions.

GHSA member State Highway Safety Offices (SHSOs) are concerned about motorcyclist safety and working hard to reduce the number of crashes, injuries and fatalities involving them. Understanding why riders do or don’t wear high-visibility gear will assist SHSOs in their messaging and outreach to the motorcyclist community.

NCREP is a portfolio of research projects jointly managed by NHTSA and GHSA. The research topics are selected by SHSOs to help inform state policy, planning and programs on top traffic safety issues. Learn more about GHSA research priorities here.

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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 www.ghsa.org. Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GHSAhq or follow us on Twitter @GHSAHQ.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Webinar: Authentic Youth Engagement in Public Health

Nothing About Us Without Us: 

Authentic Youth Engagement in Public Health

Meaningful youth engagement is key to achieving the “triple dividend” in adolescent health and supporting integrated public health efforts. Authentic youth engagement: ensures that young people feel respected, valued and trusted; provides an environment that involves them as teachers as well as learners; values young people’s voice and input; provides opportunities for youth decision making and leadership skill development; and demonstrates that their contributions can lead to real change. With adequate preparation, training and opportunities, youth can bring their insights to public health efforts that benefit them, their communities and the field of public health. This webinar will identify best practices and feature examples for planning for and ensuring authentic youth engagement in public health programs and practices for adolescents. Speakers will include Elizabeth Berard from USAID; and Nikki Payne and Nakisha Watts from Delta Health Alliance. View the previous webinars in this series using the following links: Building on Strengths and Walking the Walk.
 Webinar participants will learn to:
  • Define authentic youth engagement;
  • Identify best practices or guiding principles for authentic youth engagement in public health; 
  • Identify strategies used to effectively engage youth in various roles that affect their healthy development; and 
  • Discuss suggestions from youth on how to improve their involvement in program planning, implementation, and evaluation. 

Tuesday July 16, 2019 
12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

GHSA Joins PAVE Coalition to Increase Driver Knowledge about Automated Vehicle Safety

July 9, 2019

CONTACT: Madison Forker
GHSA Joins PAVE Coalition to Increase Driver Knowledge about Automated Vehicle Safety
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Amidst growing public questions and concerns about current and future automated vehicle (AV) technology, the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) is pleased to announce that it has joined Partners for Automated Vehicle Education (PAVE).

This new partnership with PAVE members, including the National Safety Council, AAA, automakers, technology companies and other key safety leaders, will help leverage State Highway Safety Offices (SHSOs) to bring realistic, factual safety information about AVs to policymakers, the media and the traveling public.

“We need to work together to raise public awareness of what AV technology can and can’t do,” said Jonathan Adkins, GHSA Executive Director. “New technologies can help us on the road to zero deaths, but only if everyone understands, trusts and wants to safely use these features.”
A growing body of evidence suggests that the public has limited knowledge of AV technology and what the operator’s responsibilities should be, and many motorists report that they don’t want to use automated features. This lack of understanding and enthusiasm is in part because of the many mixed, confusing or inaccurate messages about automation.

“Seeing is believing,” said Adkins. “GHSA is encouraged that PAVE is sponsoring hands-on workshops for the public to personally experience and learn about the safe use of AVs, and the states, through GHSA, will be able to potentially bring these workshops to wider audiences.”

On May 8, 2019, GHSA and State Farm® assembled an interdisciplinary expert panel for a meeting in the Washington, D.C. area to develop ideas for how to deliver safety messages to the public and how to prepare the criminal justice community as AVs take the road. GHSA will release a white paper summarizing the expert panel outcomes later this summer and discuss the paper at its 2019 Annual Meeting, August 26-28 in Anaheim, California, which will also feature speakers from Uber, Waymo, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, and other leading voices on AV safety.

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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 www.ghsa.org. Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GHSAhq or follow us on Twitter @GHSAHQ.

About PAVE
Partners for Automated Vehicle Education is a coalition of industry, nonprofit and academic institutions with one goal: To inform and educate the public and policymakers on the facts regarding automated vehicles so that they can fully participate in shaping the future of our roads and highways. PAVE’s members, led by co-chairs Audi of America and the National Safety Council, believe that the public needs factual information about AV technology in order to fully realize the potential benefits the technology can offer to increased safety, mobility and sustainability. Launched in January 2019, PAVE’s activities include hands-on public demonstration events, policymaker workshops, developing educational materials for dealer and customer-service personnel and active online and social media channels. For more on PAVE: Visit PAVE’s website (pavecampaign.org), Facebook page (@PAVEcampaign), Twitter handle (@PAVEcampaign), and Instagram account (@PAVEcampaign).

Friday, July 5, 2019

Article: Adolescent Connectedness and Adult Health Outcomes

Adolescent Connectedness and Adult Health Outcomes

Riley J. SteinerGanna SheremenkoCatherine LesesnePatricia J. DittusRenee E. SievingKathleen A. Ethier


BACKGROUND: Because little is known about long-term effects of adolescent protective factors across multiple health domains, we examined associations between adolescent connectedness and multiple health-related outcomes in adulthood.
METHODS: We used weighted data from Waves I and IV of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health (n = 14 800). Linear and logistic models were used to examine associations between family and school connectedness in adolescence and self-reported health risk behaviors and experiences in adulthood, including emotional distress, suicidal thoughts and attempts, physical violence victimization and perpetration, intimate partner physical and sexual violence victimization, multiple sex partners, condom use, sexually transmitted infection (STI) diagnosis, prescription drug misuse, and other illicit drug use.
RESULTS: In multivariable analyses, school connectedness in adolescence had independent protective associations in adulthood, reducing emotional distress and odds of suicidal ideation, physical violence victimization and perpetration, multiple sex partners, STI diagnosis, prescription drug misuse, and other illicit drug use. Similarly, family connectedness had protective effects for emotional distress, all violence indicators, including intimate partner violence, multiple sex partners, STI diagnosis, and both substance use indicators. Compared to individuals with low scores for each type of connectedness, having high levels of both school and family connectedness was associated with 48% to 66% lower odds of health risk behaviors and experiences in adulthood, depending on the outcome.
CONCLUSIONS: Family and school connectedness may have long-lasting protective effects across multiple health outcomes related to mental health, violence, sexual behavior, and substance use. Increasing both family and school connectedness during adolescence has the potential to promote overall health in adulthood.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Webinar: Partnering for Engagement: Accessibility of Public Spaces

New Webinar: Partnering for Engagement: Accessibility of Public Spaces
July 17, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern, 11:00 a.m. Pacific 

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About the Webinar

New technology and emerging trends in transportation pose unique challenges and opportunities for people with disabilities and for any who wish to ensure that our public spaces and transportation networks are available and accessible to all. While autonomous vehicles may offer new opportunities for people with disabilities, they need to be managed properly and developed with people with disabilities in mind to ensure that they’re accessible. While trends like micromobility and mobility as a service offer opportunities for reimagining public space, people with disabilities need to be at the table and part of any decision-making process to be sure that the changing landscape does not exclude them. This webinar will explore human-centered mobility and how it applies specifically to people with disabilities, featuring national experts on accessibility and public space. This webinar assumes a basic knowledge of issues related to walking and walkable communities.

Attendees of the webinar will:
  • Learn how new technology and emerging trends in mobility could change the landscape regarding accessibility for people with disabilities, offering new opportunities but also significant challenges.
  • Explore the importance of ensuring that all communities and stakeholders include people with disabilities in decision-making processes regarding policies and practices regarding emerging mobility technologies and trends.
  • Discuss how local communities can best manage public space and transportation networks to ensure maximum accessibility and accommodation for people with disabilities.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Article: Teen ACEs & Peer Crowds - Key Predictors of Adolescent Health Risks

Both Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and peer crowds have been linked to increased risk for multiple health risk behaviors - but we don’t know how these two risk factors overlap. For the first time, a study examines the relationship between ACEs and peer crowds amongst a large sample of high school students, finding interesting connections between these two distinct variables. 

Monday, July 1, 2019

CDOT: Don’t lose your independence - Fourth of July DUI enforcement begins July 3

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Twitter: @coloradodot

July 1, 2019

Sam Cole, CDOT Communications Manager

Don’t lose your independence — Fourth of July DUI enforcement begins July 3
573 impaired drivers arrested during Summer Blitz DUI enforcement

STATEWIDE — While Coloradans watch fireworks this Fourth of July, statewide law enforcement officers will keep their eyes out for impaired drivers. July 3-8, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), Colorado State Patrol (CSP) and local law agencies will implement the Fourth of July DUI enforcement period, which focuses on preventing impaired drivers from endangering themselves and others on the road. The enforcement period could include checkpoints, saturation patrols and increased officers on roadways.  

“The Fourth of July is a time to celebrate our country and a day when we can enjoy the many recreational options that Colorado has to offer,” said Shoshana Lew, CDOT Executive Director. “But holidays mean more people out on the road, which makes it especially important to be careful and make good choices about when to get behind the wheel. Impaired driving puts yourself and others in harm’s way.”  

During last year’s Fourth of July enforcement period, there were a total of 304 DUI arrests from 103 agencies across the state. This year, 97 law enforcement agencies will increase patrols during the six-day enforcement period.

During the recent Summer Blitz DUI enforcement period, 108 law enforcement agencies arrested 573 impaired drivers on Colorado roads from June 14-24. Of the participating law enforcement agencies, the Colorado Springs Police Department (52 arrests), Denver Police Department (33 arrests) and El Paso County Sheriff’s Office (32 arrests) reported the highest number of DUI arrests. CSP also made 84 arrests. Results for all law enforcement agencies across the state can be found at https://www.codot.gov/safety/traffic-safety-reporting-portal

“Holidays are a reason to celebrate, safely and responsibly,” said Col. Matthew Packard, CSP Chief. “Planning a sober ride home ensures that you won’t endanger yourself or others on the road. Law enforcement will always be on the road, so remember to drive sober or not at all.”

As part this year’s The Heat Is On campaign, CDOT will again partner with BACtrack, a leading personal and professional breathalyzer company, to urge Coloradans to check their blood-alcohol content (BAC) to confirm they are sober before they drive. Through the partnership, breathalyzers will be offered at a 50% discount for Colorado residents from July to September, or while supplies last. Residents can visit codot.bactrack.com to place an order.

About The Heat Is On
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 15 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. Find more details about the campaign, including impaired driving enforcement plans, arrest totals and safety tips at HeatIsOnColorado.com.

Whole System – Whole Safety
To heighten safety awareness, CDOT recently announced its Whole System  Whole Safety initiative. This project takes a systematic statewide approach to safety combining the benefits of CDOT’s programs that address driving behaviors, our built environment and the organization's operations. The goal is to improve the safety of Colorado’s transportation network by reducing the rate and severity of crashes and improving safety conditions for those traveling by all transportation modes. The program has one simple mission - to get everyone home safely.

About CDOT
CDOT has approximately 3,000 employees located throughout Colorado and manages more than 23,000 lane miles of highway and 3,429 bridges. CDOT also manages grant partnerships with a range of other agencies, including metropolitan planning organizations, local governments and airports. It also administers Bustang, the state-owned and operated interregional express service. Gov. Jared Polis has charged CDOT to further build on the state’s intermodal mobility options.