In 2018, 215 passenger vehicle deaths in Colorado involved unbuckled drivers and passengers. An estimated 70 of those lives could have been saved had the individual been wearing a seat belt. Regular seat belt use is the single most effective way to prevent severe injury or death in a motor vehicle crash, yet Colorado, with a rate of only 88 percent, ranks behind the national average of 90 percent.
As states launch their annual high visibility enforcement period focused on seat belt use, Colorado is sharing GHSA and Uber's Make It Click campaign message to spread the word about buckling up in the back seat.
May 21, 2019
The Colorado DOT's Cannabis Conversation campaign is working to get the message out against driving under the influence of marijuana. CDOT's Sam Cole discusses the importance of the effort.
Story by Paula Haddock
April 25, 2019
Colorado DOT has launched its "The Heat is On" campaign, a winter enforcement period cracking down on drunk and drug-impaired driving. CDOT Office of Transportation Safety Director Derrell Lingk discusses the importance of the enforcement period.
January 19, 2019
Colorado increases in marijuana, opioid use are clear; determining what’s impaired driving is not so easy
Authorizes full deployment with a human operator.
In 2014 Colorado became the first state to legalize recreational marijuana. That same year Colorado launched its Drive High, Get a DUI campaign to inform the public that the state’s DUI law includes impairment by marijuana.
Helmets required for all riders and passengers under 18. Universal helmet law repealed 1977.
Checkpoints are conducted once or twice a month. Their legality is upheld under state and federal Constitution.