Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Teens today and the driving revolution: ‘I’ll just call Uber’


In his USA Today article, “Many teens taking a pass on a driver’s license,” Larry Copeland reflects on the growing driving transformation. A generation ago, any 16-year-old would have rushed to get their license — instead, many of today’s 16-year-olds who still don’t have licenses are now the new norm. They move in groups and ascribe to ride-sharing activities such as Uber. Some have parents who will drive them around. Somehow, driving just isn’t as alluring as it once was.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Disparities in child passenger deaths

The Children's Safety Network has released a new infographic focusing on the disparities in child passenger deaths. Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death among children, and from 2010 through 2014, an average of 343 child passengers died per year. American Indian/Alaska Native child passengers die at a higher rate than any other racial/ethnic group. The good news is that these deaths are preventable. The CSN infographic also goes into prevention strategies.

View the infographic

Friday, May 27, 2016

CDOT Traffic Safety Pulse - May 2016

In this month's Traffic Safety Pulse:
  • CIOT – Enforcement Is On 
  • Drugged Driving - Don’t Drive High 
  • MOST – Ride Wise 
  • Drive High, Get a DUI – Spring Events 
  • Motorcyclist Deaths Surge 10% in 2015
  • Grantee Highlight: Swedish Medical Center

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Motocyclist Fatalities at All Time High

Motorcyclist fatalities surpassed the triple digit mark for the first time ever in Colorado, tallying 106 deaths last year according to preliminary data from the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT). This figure represents an 11.7% increase from 2014 and 20% increase from 2013. With fatalities on the rise, CDOT is launching a new motorcycle safety campaign that encourages new and experienced riders to participate in motorcycle safety training courses.

“Motorcycle operator safety training courses teach new and experienced riders the skills they need to protect themselves on the road,” said Glenn Davis, CDOT Highway Safety Manager and former training course instructor. “Navigating obstacles, quick stopping and planning escape routes are just as much a part of riding as the thrill, exhilaration and freedom of it.”

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Teens Take the Wheel

This free 2-hour event will help parents and teens to start a meaningful dialogue about safe driving. 

PARENT AND TEEN WILL
• Learn about Colorado’s Graduated Driver’s Licensing Law 
• Participate in distracted driving simulations and games 
• Take part in the “What Do You Consider Lethal?” presentation 
• Witness a mock teen crash trauma scenario 
• Hear the compelling story of teen crash survivor, Jacob Smith 
• Sign the distracted driving pledge and be entered to win prizes including gift cards and driver’s education tuition

Visit South Metro Safety Foundation to register for one of the following classes:

Parker Adventist HospitalFREE 4/18/16 6:00 PM
8:00 Pm 114
Swedish Medical CenterFREE 5/2/16 6:00 PM
8:00 PM 67
Aurora Medical CenterFREE 5/3/16 6:00 PM
8:00 PM 133

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Free Think Fast Teen Program

Children’s Hospital Colorado 
Tuesday, March 15, 7 - 8 p.m. 
2nd Floor Conference Center | Mt. Yale

This free event will help equip teens and their parents with the tools to begin a dialogue about safe driving and distractions.

Join us early, beginning at 6:30 p.m., for a variety of activities including our #protectyourselfie photo booth and chat with teen driving experts