Showing posts with label impaired driving. Show all posts
Showing posts with label impaired driving. Show all posts

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.

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

Friday, October 28, 2016

RIP to DUI: Halloween Impaired Driving Enforcement Begins Today

Beginning today Friday, Oct. 28, and continuing through Tuesday, Nov. 1, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), Colorado State Patrol (CSP) and law enforcement agencies throughout the state will increase their DUI enforcement as part of CDOT’s The Heat Is On campaign, aiming to eliminate drunk driving related injuries and fatalities this Halloween. In all, 100 law enforcement agencies will participate in the crack dwn.

Last year’s Halloween enforcement resulted in 269 DUI arrests, with the Denver Police Department (31), Aurora Police Department (27) and Colorado Springs Police Department (22) citing the most arrests. In addition, the Colorado State Patrol reported 55 arrests statewide.

“The consequences of a DUI goes beyond the financial repercussions,” said Darrell Lingk, Director of the Office of Transportation Safety at CDOT. “Drivers can lose their license, face time in jail and be summoned to community service, not to mention the possibility of killing yourself or someone else in a drunk driving crash. It is not worth the risk when driving impaired is entirely preventable.”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nationally, 45 percent of all traffic fatalities on Halloween between 2011-2015 involved a drunk driving related crash, while 23 percent of all pedestrian fatalities on Halloween involved a drunk driver.

“With thousands of families taking to the streets for trick-or-treating, it is imperative that we keep Colorado’s roads safe and free of impaired drivers.” said Colonel Scott Hernandez, Chief of the Colorado State Patrol. “We want Coloradans to celebrate responsibly this weekend. We’ll have more troopers, increased saturation patrols and DUI checkpoints in place to arrest those who unfortunately choose to drive after drinking.”

During the recent Fall Festivals DUI enforcement period, which ran from Sept. 16 to Oct. 24, law enforcement arrested 1352 people for impaired driving. The most arrests came from the Denver Police Department (161), Colorado Springs Police Department (154) and Aurora Police Department (221). The Colorado State Patrol reported 95 arrests statewide.

To access CDOT’s The Heat Is On arrest database for the Labor Day enforcement period visitbit.ly/HIOarrests. Arrest data can be sorted by law enforcement agency, county and enforcement period.

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 12 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. More details about the campaign, including impaired driving enforcement plans, arrest totals and safety tips can be found at HeatIsOnColorado.com.

Monday, September 12, 2016

CDOT Launches New “R-U-Buzzed” App to Keep Drivers Safe

The Heat Is On campaign’s recent Labor Day crackdown had statewide law agencies on high alert for impaired drivers. With 103 law enforcement agencies participating, the campaign resulted in 964 driver arrests. The enforcement period ran from Aug. 19 to Sept. 6.

The Aurora Police Department (126 citations), Colorado State Patrol (107 citations) and Denver Police Department (105 citations) recorded the most arrests. The results from other areas can be found atbit.ly/HIOarrests.

“Twenty-five percent of the alcohol-related fatalities in 2015 occurred in August and September,” said Col. Scott Hernandez, Chief of the Colorado State Patrol. “Considering the Labor Day enforcement overlaps these two months, it was critical law enforcement be on high alert. We hope the efforts of these statewide agencies saved lives over the holiday.”

To reduce the number of impaired drivers on the road, today the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) launched a new DUI-fighting tool that comes in the form of a new smartphone app called “R-U-Buzzed.” The app is available now free of charge.

On iPhone and Android smartphones, download the “R-U-Buzzed” app here: onelink.to/r-u-buzzed

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!


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, December 29, 2015

Hundreds of drivers arrested in Colorado during December DUI crackdown

From: Boulder Camera

Having arrested 596 drivers during the recent pre-Christmas holiday party season, state and local law enforcement agencies are preparing now to crack down on drug- and alcohol-impaired driving during the days before and after New Year's Eve.

"There is no excuse to drive while impaired with so many safe alternatives available," Col. Scott Hernandez, chief of the Colorado State Patrol, said in a news release.

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).

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

The Heat Is On Resumes with Holiday Party DUI Enforcement

269 Motorists Cited for Impaired Driving Over Thanksgiving Holiday

As the leftover turkey is finally gobbled, for many it’s time for eggnog, craft beer, champagne and other holiday party libations - so it’s time for another The Heat Is On statewide DUI enforcement period. The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), Colorado State Patrol (CSP) and 80 local law enforcement agencies are again teaming up to run the second of three holiday-related enforcement periods.

The Holiday Party DUI enforcement started Dec. 4, and continues until Monday, Dec. 14. Colorado’s dedicated police officers will saturate the roadways and arrest impaired drivers throughout the state — all to ensure roads are as safe for individuals and families going to and from holiday celebrations.

“Winter weather should be the only hazard drivers contend with this holiday season,” said Darrell Lingk, Director of the CDOT’s Office of Transportation Safety. “Unfortunately, during last year’s 10-day Holiday Party enforcement period, there were four alcohol-related fatalities, and CSP and local law enforcement agencies made 645 arrests. Our goal is always to reduce those numbers.”

Just recently, over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, there were a total of 269 arrests for drunk driving statewide, with the Denver Police Department (23), Aurora Police Department (28) and Colorado Springs Police Department (17) citing the most arrests. In addition, CSP cited 69 DUI arrests statewide.

“Many of us travel during the holidays, so it is more important than ever to keep impaired drivers off of Colorado’s roadways,” said Col. Scott Hernandez, Chief of the Colorado State Patrol. “We will continue to enforce Colorado’s DUI laws aggressively throughout the two remaining The Heat Is On enforcement periods this year and beyond. If you choose to drink, make sure you have a designated sober driver, or plan to use alternative transportation.”

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 12 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. More details about the campaign, including impaired driving enforcement plans, arrest totals and safety tips can be found at HeatIsOnColorado.com.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Join MADD Colorado for Walk Like MADD!

Every step taken and every dollar raised will help increase awareness and support the work of Mothers Against Drunk Driving to make our communities safer and serve the victims of drunk driving crashes. 100% of funds raised stay in Colorado to support MADD’s work in local communities.

Saturday, August 1, 2015 Sloan’s Lake Park, Denver, CO

Saturday, July 18, 2015 Bear Creek Park, Colorado Springs, CO

For more info, please contact MADD Colorado at (303) 425-5902

Friday, June 26, 2015

Are drivers getting high from behind-the-wheel phone use?

A new survey reveals drivers are ignoring warnings about the risks of distractions behind the wheel, CBS News' Kris Van Cleave reports.

AT&T found that as many as one in 10 drivers could be video-chatting on their drive home. It also found 61 percent admitted to texting and driving, a third check their email and 17 percent admitted to taking a steering-wheel selfie.

Furthermore, 30 percent of drivers who admitted to checking Twitter behind the wheel said they were doing it all the time, despite the fact that 46 states prohibit texting and driving.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says distracted driving caused over 3,100 deaths in 2013. Safety experts say drivers are about three times more likely to crash if they're dialing a number on the phone while driving and 23 times more likely texting and driving.
Despite the widespread understanding of the dangers of distracted driving, motorists are doing it anyway.

Twenty-two percent of the people surveyed who access a social network while driving gave "addiction" as the reason.

"In essence, it's a drug, or what I call a digital drug," Dr. David Greenfield said.

He founded the Center for Internet and Technology Addiction at the University of Connecticut.

Greenfield worked with AT&T on the survey and believes people get a high from using their cellphone behind the wheel similar to playing a slot machine.
"The reward comes in an unpredictable fashion, both in terms of what, when and where; and when the reward comes and it's positive and you actually like it, that's going to elevate the amount of dopamine in your brain, which is a pleasure chemical. It increases the likelihood of wanting to do it," Greenfield said.

There are apps available to prevent motorists from using their phones but have struggled to catch on.

One Australian company, Seeing Machines, has a different solution. It's developing a steering wheel-mounted device that tracks the driver's eye movements and triggers an alert when the person behind the wheel shows signs of distraction or being drowsy.

"We now have technologies in cars that will detect when you're doing the wrong thing and perhaps lock out behaviors that you shouldn't be doing," CNET editor at large Brian Cooley said. "This is talking about shaming people into a better behavior."

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

What's in Colorado's new felony DUI law


From: 9News

After years of debate, Gov. John Hickenlooper (D-Colorado) signed a bill Monday that creates a felony charge for a fourth drunk driving offense.

Currently, it's possible to get an unlimited number of DUI convictions in Colorado without receiving more than a short stint in county jail.

"We're one of four states that hadn't done this," Hickenlooper said. "Now there are only three."

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 https://vipreventionnetworkco.com/p/road-safety-summit.html 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.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

MADD is hiring a part-time victim advocate

Responsible for maintaining a caseload of victims/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. Provide court accompaniment and guidance with legal, financial, and medical systems. Work in conjunction with other Victim Services staff and volunteers to provide consultation and support to victims where needed.

For more information see the job description and requirements.

Interested Candidates should send resumes to the following email address: co.state@madd.org.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The FY16 OTS Request for Applications, OTS Project Application Instructions and Template and Application Score Sheet

The FY16 OTS Request for Applications, OTS Project Application Instructions and Template and Application Score Sheet are now posted at:


New for this year - This application is for a three-year grant period. The first year grant cycle will begin on or after October 1, 2015. Funding for the second and third years in the three-year funding cycle will be based on satisfactory performance, adherence to the program specifications, the availability of funding and the submission of required second and third year application and budget updates.

The 2015 Problem Identification Report is also available at the link above or at:


The RFA process will kick off with an informational webinar hosted by CDOT and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at 10:00 am. The link is:


If your computer does not have speakers and a mic you will also need to call into:

Conference Line: 712-432-0220 Pin: 2589

A recording of the webinar will also be posted for those unable to attend the webinar.

Additional technical assistance will be made available through CDPHE - more details will be posted on the website as information becomes available.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Proven Strategies to Help Save Lives in Your State: Injury Center News


New State Fact Sheets on Drunk Driving and Restraint Use

Check out your state's data and strategies on drunk driving and restraint use and get more state data and information that can help you implement strategies to save lives.

These fact sheets have been developed as a useful tool to highlight current data and strategies proven effective for reducing or preventing drunk driving and increasing the use of seat belts, car seats, and booster seats.

Tools You Can Use

Download state datasets, maps, charts, and graphs already created for you that you can use in your presentations and web sites. Data are available for all 50 states and the District of Columbia and divided up by HHS Region.
Learn More from the CDC Injury Center

Friday, January 9, 2015

Police crack down on drunk drivers and those not wearing seat belts

From: Vail Daily

Telling motorists politely to buckle up and drive sober works, but cracking their knuckles with a traffic ticket works better.

Also, traffic tickets work three times better on women than men.

“Overall, the findings suggest that as unpopular as traffic tickets are among drivers, motorist behavior does respond to tickets,” said Dara Lee Luca, the Harvard Kennedy School researcher who did the study.

While road deaths peaked in the 1970s, fatalities actually rose between 2011 and 2012, even though vehicle-miles fell for the ninth straight year.

That sparked things like Click It or Ticket laws and crackdowns on drunk driving, like this one being running through this weekend by local and statewide law enforcement across Colorado.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Scholarship in Colorado Gives Funds to Students Who Admit Drunk Driving

Here is an interesting initiative intended to help students admit their mistakes by researching the dangers of driving under the influence. What are your thoughts on this approach? Do you think that it could incentivize underage drinking or that it could be impactful peer education?

From: The Denver Post

Students who admit to their habit of driving buzzed or drunk — and are willing to write about it — could receive a $1,000 college scholarship this spring.

Christian Schwaner, a private defense attorney in Colorado Springs, launched the First Step Scholarship this fall in an effort to decrease the number of high school students driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The unique scholarship has stirred a mixed response from the community, with some enthused about the new approach and others urging caution.

Schwaner, who is also the father of a high school senior, has represented dozens of young drivers who made the mistake of driving after drinking, he said. The scholarship will help students admit their mistakes by researching the dangers of driving under the influence.

"I was trying to find what might be something that is a light-bulb moment for these kids," Schwaner said. "Self-admission and self-education are very powerful tools."

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

A Killer in Indian Country

November is Native American Heritage Month

Native Americans have the highest motor vehicle-related death rates of all racial and ethnic groups.

A Killer in Indian Country video thumbnailThis month, learn how crash-related injuries and deaths among members of tribal nations can be prevented by visiting CDC's Tribal Road Safety web site. While there, watch our new video, "A Killer in Indian Country - Motor Vehicle Crashes". The video highlights important steps for tribal road safety, including increasing child safety seat use, increasing seat belt use and decreasing alcohol-impaired driving.



Learn More from the CDC Injury Center