Showing posts with label Motor Vehicle Safety. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Motor Vehicle Safety. Show all posts

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Youth Leader Spotlight: Jocelyn Hernandez

Each month we will be recognizing a youth leader in the field of motor vehicle and community safety. We're proud to begin this series with our very own Youth Adviser, Jocelyn Hernandez. 

IN HER OWN WORDSI'm currently in my third year at Johnson & Wales working on my Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice. I want to be a law enforcement officer once I graduate. Currently I am the Youth Advisor for the Sexual Violence Prevention unit at the Colorado Department of Public Health and for the Tony Grampsas Youth Services program at the Colorado Department of Human Services. In my position I have over 90 grantees total that I visit to provide a youth perspective. I go though their quarterly reports and give back feedback on what they're doing great, and what they can improve on. In this position I have also been able to create a Positive Youth Development (PYD) tool, give PYD trainings, participate in grants, and be a part of forums to better the relationship between young people and police officers in the Denver Metro area. 

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)

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 ( 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   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.

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.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

2nd Annual Improving Colorado’s Road Health Summit

The Colorado Department of Transportation and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment are pleased to announce the 2nd Annual Improving Colorado’s Road Health Summit - “Moving Towards Zero Deaths”.

June 8-10, 2016 - Keystone, CO

This year the Summit theme will transition to “Moving Towards Zero Deaths” and will
reconvene the Emphasis Area Teams created through Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP).

The conference will be capped at 250 attendees. There is no registration fee and complimentary hotel will be provided for Wednesday and Thursday night.

Plenary and breakout session topics include:
  • Aging (Older) Road User
  • Bicycle/Pedestrian Safety
  • Data
  • Impaired Driving
  • Motorcycle
  • Occupant Protection
  • Young Drivers
  • Distracted Driving 

Registration will open early March. More details coming soon!

Friday, February 5, 2016

Submit a Nomination for MADD's Law Enforcement Recognition Awards

MADD Colorado would like to thank those in our community who work every day in an effort to achieve each piece of our mission through prevention, enforcement and victim support.

Please click here to nominate a law enforcement, judges, prosecutors, probation officers and victim advocates.

Please fill out the form for each individual and/or agency that you nominate. As indicated, nominations should include relevant statistics and achievements as they relate to the award category, as well as a photo of the nominee(s). Nominations are for activities and achievements from January 1-December 31, 2015.

Submit nominations no later than March 14, 2016.

Distribute this link to anyone that you think would like to submit a nomination.

Save the date: May 25, 2016

Nominees and honorees, along with law enforcement and stakeholders from across the state, will be invited to attend a recognition dinner and awards presentation.

Please contact Ilana Kurtzig with any questions. We look forward to receiving your nominations.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Traffic Safety Pulse - January Edition

Here is the first Traffic Safety Pulse for 2016. It's chock full of facts and stats as well as the latest information about CDOT's traffic safety campaign.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Colorado State Patrol troopers testing marijuana DUI devices

From: Fox31

The Colorado State Patrol is using marijuana DUI devices as part of a three-year pilot program.

Since March, more than 125 troopers have been equipped with one of five types of an oral fluid tester that sample a driver’s saliva for the presence of drugs, including marijuana.

“It would be nice to have that additional evidence on the side of the road,” CSP Major Steve Garcia said.

Troopers can perform roadside sobriety tests and seek a blood test, but much like a Breathalyzer for alcohol use, investigators would like a roadside device to give troopers probable cause to make an arrest.

“It would confirm or deny the officer's investigation that the suspect would be under the influence of marijuana or other drugs," Garcia said.

Under the pilot program, drivers have to consent to have the inside of their cheeks swabbed for saliva. The device then takes about five minutes to deliver an electronic readout, evaluating the presence of several narcotics, including marijuana.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

20-year-old invents a device to stop teens texting behind the wheel

From: Mashable

Texting while driving was listed as the number one case of death among U.S. teens back in 2013. A recent Pew Research study said that 40% of all American teens claim to have been in a car when the driver used a cell phone in a way that put people in danger.

This sounds like an epidemic — and perhaps it's one that technology can cure. T.J. Evarts, a 20-year-old inventor, has come up with a novel solution that could easily put texting drivers on notice.

It's called Smart Wheel, and it is designed to fit over the steering wheel of most standard vehicles — tracking whether or not the driver has two hands on the wheel at all times.

When teens learn to drive, they are careful to place both hands on the wheel at the traditional "10" and "2" positions (as in 10 o' clock and 2 o' clock). But as soon as they get their driver's license, they start driving with one hand on the wheel and, often, the other on their cellphone.

Evert's invention tracks when drivers hold the wheel with one hand and will warns them with a light and a buzzing sound. When they place both hands back on the wheel the light turns back to green and the buzzing stops. It also watches for what's called "adjacent hands," where both hands are close together near the top of the wheel so the driver can both thumb type and drive at the same time.

Smart Wheel slides over any standard steering wheel and tracks how you hold it when you drive.

All the data the Smart Wheel collects is also sent to a connected app, so any parents who install the Smart Wheel can keep track of the teen's driving habits. If they try to remove or tamper with the cover, that's reported as well.

Evarts told us he was inspired to create the Smart Cover by watching his own friend's driving habits and realizing there was nothing out there to help them.

This isn't his first invention, but it is the first one he's seen become an actual product. Evarts is now the CEO of his own company.

The all-leather Smart Wheel should come out later this year and retail for $199.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Holiday Party DUI Enforcement Cites 596 Impaired Drivers

New Study Shows 57% of Denver Adults Don’t Know the DUI Law

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), Colorado State Patrol (CSP) and local law enforcement agencies successfully completed holiday party DUI enforcement under The Heat Is On campaign, resulting in 596 drivers arrested for impaired driving. The Holiday Party DUI enforcement period began on Friday, Dec. 4 and concluded on Monday, Dec. 14. 91 CSP troops and local law enforcement agencies participated in the crackdown.

“The collaboration between law enforcement agencies removes impaired drivers from Colorado’s roads and keeps our neighborhoods safe,” said Col. Scott Hernandez, Chief of the Colorado State Patrol. "There is no excuse to drive while impaired with so many safe alternatives available." The Colorado State Patrol arrested 96 drivers for DUI during the period, joining their partners at the Denver Police Department, which had 70 arrests and the Aurora Police Department, which had 51 arrests. Other partners with large arrest numbers were the Colorado Springs Police Department (27), the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office (24), and the Aurora Police Department (51).

Monday, December 14, 2015

New State Fact Sheets: Cost of Motor Vehicle Crash Deaths

Learn about your state's cost of motor vehicle crash deaths and get more information on evidence-based strategies that are proven to save lives and money. These fact sheets have been developed as a tool to highlight current cost data and strategies proven effective to prevent crashes such as:
  • graduated driver licensing laws,
  • sobriety checkpoints,
  • ignition interlocks for those convicted of driving while intoxicated,
  • car seat and booster seat use through distribution plus education programs and child passenger safety laws, and
  • seat belt use through enacting and enforcing primary seat belt laws for all seating positions.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

National Teen Driver Safety Week gets support from local organizations

National Teen Driver Safety Week began on Sunday the 18th and lasts until Saturday the 24th.

The safety week is aimed at bringing awareness to teens of the various driving distractions.

Colorado state patrol troopers follow 5 to Drive rules for young adults that highlight the distractions that teens need to avoid while behind the wheel.

The 5 rules include no drinking and driving, always buckle up, no texting and driving, no speeding and no more than one passenger at a time.

Alexa's Hugs, a local organization that promotes seat belt use among teenagers, is supporting Teen Driver Safety week while working with 11 schools on an annual seat belt challenge

Tad Johnson and his wife Jona Johnson started the organization in honor of his 19-year-old daughter, Alexa Johnson, who died in a rollover accident on Feb. 10, 2013 near Longmont.

She was not wearing her seat belt when the accident occurred.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Texting at the light and other forms of device distraction behind the wheel

Cell phones are a well-known source of distraction for drivers, and owing to the proliferation of text messaging services, web browsers and interactive apps, modern devices provide ever-increasing temptation for drivers to take their eyes off the road. Although it is probably obvious that drivers’ manual engagement of a device while their vehicles are in motion is potentially dangerous, it may not be clear that such engagement when the vehicle is at rest (an activity broadly labeled “texting at the light”) can also impose risks. For one thing, a distracted driver at rest may fail to respond quickly to sudden changes in road conditions, such as an ambulance passing through. In addition, texting at the light may decrease so-called “situational awareness” and lead to driving errors even after the device is put down.

Access the full research article at BMC Public Health.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Teens With ADHD Are 4 Times More Likely To Be In Car Accident Than Non-ADHD Peers

In light of October being National ADHD Awareness Month, authors of the book "What Teenage Drivers Don't Know: The Unwritten Rules of the Road" provide driving tips of teenagers with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), who are four times more likely to be in a car accident than their non-ADHD peers.

In light of October being National ADHD Awareness Month, authors of the book "What Teenage Drivers Don't Know: The Unwritten Rules of the Road" provide driving tips of teenagers with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), who are four times more likely to be in a car accident than their non-ADHD peers.

According to a press release on PRNewswire, the book also gives parents advice on how to deal with the anxiety that comes with handing the car keys to a teen.

"We believe every parent and young teen in America should have access to this book," explains co-author John Harmata. "In particular, parents of children with ADHD should start instilling the lessons of good driving as early as age 13 or 14. Our book covers what driver's education leaves out, such as handling bad weather or night driving, maintaining a vehicle and navigating the traffic court system."

Monday, October 5, 2015

The much anticipated Celebrate my Drive Campaign is now live!

See Celebrate My Drive for all the details.

Program overview:
22 grants of $100,000 will be awarded to high schools
One winner will also receive a concert by the band Echosmith

How do schools Enter to Win?
From October 12-25, 2015, your school's administrator must submit a picture or video of how your school raises awareness for #Drive2N2, answer 4 questions and provide a brief write-up about why your school deserves to win.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

September issue of Traffic Safety Pulse

Here is the latest issue of Traffic Safety Pulse!  Read all about:
  • Mini-grants to community organizations
  • Bar-hoppers trying personal breathalyzers in LoDo (watch video)
  • New brochures in Spanish on seat belts and DUI
  • And more...

Friday, September 18, 2015

Why We Say 'Car Accident,' and Why We Need to Stop

Why do we use phrases that shift accountability away from the human beings involved, describing “out of control” vehicles that “jump curbs” and “plow into pedestrians” seemingly of their own accord?

Why do so many stories about traffic deaths omit any mention of a human behind the wheel?
Why do we so often say “the pedestrian was hit and killed by the car” rather than always saying “the driver killed the pedestrian”?

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Drivers Safety Scholarship & Essay Contest Announced by GA Driver Safety

GA Driver Safety, a top-rated provider of Joshua's Law Compliant Georgia drivers education online at, is proud to announce an essay and scholarship contest to promote safe teen driving. Entitled, "Speak Up About Safe Driving: Ten Tips for Teen Drivers," the scholarship is available to any high school student or college student at an accredited institution in the United States.

"Safe driving is ultimately the reason behind drivers education not only in Georgia but in all the fifty states," explained Azhar Mirza, managing director of GA Driver Safety. "Our scholarship and essay competition is meant to encourage teens to not only think about safe driving but think about how to influence other teen drivers to stay safe."

To learn more and to access the application, please visit The essay contest is open now, and the scholarship will be announced and awarded on May 1, 2016. Participants must be high school or college students, but need not reside in Georgia.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

2nd National Summit on Roadway Safety Culture: Moving Toward Zero Deaths through Organizational Transformation

November 5-6, 2015

The Keck Center of the National Academies
Washington, DC

TRB is sponsoring the 2nd National Summit on Roadway Safety Culture on November 5-6, 2015 in Washington, D.C. The Summit will focus on Moving Toward Zero Deaths through Organizational Transformation - what this means, what it looks like, and how to make it happen. In particular, participants will engage in active dialogue addressing three key factors impacting safety culture changes in transportation organizations:
  • Leadership - The role leadership plays in creating and sustaining changes in organizational safety culture
  • Communications - Effective ways to foster and use all forms of communication to support organizational transformation
  • Impetus for Cultural Change - The use of data and other information and events to highlight and create an impetus for change
See more at TRB

Monday, August 31, 2015

Study: From focus groups to production of a distracted driving video: Using teen input to drive injury prevention programming

The Impact program is an adolescent, injury prevention program with both school- and hospital-based components aimed at decreasing high-risk behaviors and preventing injury. The objective of this study was to obtain student input on the school-based component of Impact, as part of the program evaluation and redesign process, to ensure that the program content and format were optimal and relevant, addressing injury-related issues important for youth in our region.

Click here to view the whole study.