Dump those old car seats this Valentine's Day!

It is that time of year to break up with your old car seats. It isn’t you, it is them – they aren’t safe. You can’t just be friends and pass by them in your garage hoping to rekindle a connection later. Make the promise to dump them once and for all! Below are a couple of options to help you keep this promise.

  1. Recycle them at Colorado State Patrol office (3832 S. I-25, Fort Collins). Bring them Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Car Seats Colorado has provided a storage pod so let’s fill it up! No need to strip the car seats.
  2. Loveland Recycling Center recycles car seats for Loveland residents. Please strip them of all pieces.
  3. Cut the straps and toss them in the trash.

Don’t forget to learn how to use your new car seats! Read the manual and make a free appointment with a certified car seat technician. Find a list of techs in Larimer and Weld County here!

A Resolution for Safety

Happy New Year and new decade! Wow, I cannot believe I am saying that. I enjoy this time of year as it allows me to step back and look at the accomplishments, big and small, over the last year plus all of the joys to come in this year.

Subsequently, my mind often goes wild with all of the New Years resolutions I can make. There are so many options; take up a new hobby, volunteer more, complain less. To a point where it can get overwhelming.

One resolution that is always worth making, and keeping, is protecting my family from accidental injuries. This can also be daunting unless wrapping everyone in bubble wrap is an option.

Safe Kids Worldwide has come up with a solution. It is called My High 5. They know how much safety advice is out there and figuring out what is relevant can be tough. With their My High 5 you are able to pick and choose what is important to you and your family.

Check it out and pick your top 5 safety priorities. Not only will you feel accomplished but also your mind will be set at ease that your family is that much safer. Start the year off right with a committment to safety.

Click the picture below or here to get started!

Taking Care of Grandchildren

Being a grandparent is one of the most rewarding parts of getting older. As new research is constantly being done and new technology appears, things have changed since raising kids yourself. For example, car seats used to be used to keep kids out of the drivers seat, not necessarily to keep them safe. The great thing is that due to this research and technology, childhood deaths due to accidental injuries have been cut in half over the last 30 years! Here are a few reminders to keep your grandbabies safe while in your care are:

  • Keep your medications out of reach. Many medications look like candy to young children and can be misused by curious teens. When visiting or if they come over, go ahead and put your medications somewhere safe. If you keep them in your purse, put your purse out of reach.
  • Get their car seat inspected. 90% of car seats are used incorrectly. Go to an inspection station and have them teach you how to install the car seat properly – they can even show you how the child should be properly restrained in the seat! To find inspection stations near you, head to our inspection station list here
  • Put baby back to sleep. Any time an infant is sleeping, put them down on their back on a flat surface such as a crib or playpen. This is one of the proven ways we can help prevent sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS. Also, make sure they are in their own sleeping space, are not covered with blankets (usually a sleep sack will work best so it can not cover their face while they sleep but can stay warm) and do not let them sleep with stuffed animals or other fluffy items in the bed.

Pedestrian Safety

Whether your kids are walking to school, the park or a friend’s house, here are a few simple tips to make sure they get there safely.

The Hard Facts

Unintentional pedestrian injuries are the fifth leading cause of injury-related death in the United States for children ages 5 to 19. Teenagers are now at greatest risk.

Top Tips

  1. Teach kids at an early age to look left, right and left again before crossing the street. Then remind them to continue looking until safely across.
  2. Teach kids to put phones, headphones and devices down when crossing the street. It is particularly important to reinforce this message with teenagers.
  3. It’s always best to walk on sidewalks or paths and cross at street corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible. 
  4. Children under 10 need to cross the street with an adult. Every child is different, but developmentally, most kids are unable to judge the speed and distance of oncoming cars until age 10.
  5. Be a good role model. Set a good example by putting your phone, headphones and devices down when walking around cars.
  6. If kids are walking when it’s dark out, teach them to be especially alert and make sure they are visible to drivers. Have them wear light- or brightly colored clothing and reflective gear.

Appreciate the crossing guards at your child’s school? Nominate them for America’s Favorite Crossing Guard here.

April – Distracted Driving Awareness Month

The “I GDL Because…” Campaign is happening now through April 30th!  The goals of the campaign are to increase protective factors of positive social norms and connectedness and also to harness the power of youth advocacy to increase awareness of and adherence to GDL.

43 Crashes per Day Involve Distracted Drivers in Colorado

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

STATEWIDE — Every day in Colorado, distracted drivers are involved in an average of 43 crashes — many leading to serious injury or death. April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is leading the statewide charge to address this issue, which accounts for nearly 13 percent of all crashes on Colorado roads.

In 2018, 53 fatalities and 6,269 injuries were attributed to 15,673 crashes involving distracted drivers in Colorado, according to preliminary data from CDOT. Despite the serious consequences, more than 90 percent of people reported driving distracted in the previous seven days, according to a recent survey of Colorado drivers conducted by CDOT. In fact, in Colorado alone, there are an average of 2,380 intersection-related crashes and more than 9,000 rear-end crashes every year associated with distracted driving.
 “Driving is a significant responsibility and demands our full concentration” said CDOT Director Shoshana Lew. “When you fail to pay attention behind the wheel, you put yourself and other travelers at serious risk — our data show that 43 crashes per day in Colorado involve distracted driving.”
Launching this week in conjunction with National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, CDOT’s Get Turned On campaign urges drivers with iPhones to turn on “Do Not Disturb While Driving” mode to prevent incoming distractions. Once enabled, the feature works by blocking incoming text messages and other notifications when connected to a car’s Bluetooth or when the phone detects the vehicle is in motion. Drivers without Bluetooth can also manually turn on “Do Not Disturb While Driving” mode. Android phones offer a similar function, and there are also other third-party apps designed to achieve the same goal regardless of the type of phone a person uses. CDOT has a list of these apps on its website at distracted.codot.gov.

“Do Not Disturb While Driving is a simple tool to help drivers turn off distractions and take back their focus,” said Darrell Lingk, director of CDOT’s Office of Transportation Safety. “It helps eliminate the temptation of quickly checking a text message or alert – a seemingly harmless habit but one that can have serious consequences.”

CDOT offers a variety of resources and app suggestions on its website to help Coloradans become distraction-free drivers, no matter what type of phone they use. The agency aims to educate motorists about the dangers of distracted driving through statewide education and outreach. For more information about distracted driving in Colorado and to learn more about the Get Turned On campaign, visit distracted.codot.gov.

CDOT has approximately 3,000 employees statewide located at its Denver headquarters and in regional offices 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, and administers Bustang, the state-owned and operated interregional express service.  Governor Polis has charged CDOT to further build on the state’s intermodal mobility options.