1. Wake-Up Call: Napping and Switching Drivers Are the Only Safe Ways to Fight Fatigue

    In case you didn’t know, turning up the air conditioning when you’re drowsy behind the wheel doesn’t relieve driver fatigue. Nor for that matter does playing loud music, smoking, opening a window or splashing water on your face. Yet these are precisely the types of ineffective actions tired drivers take to stay awake, according to a survey by automotive marketing group DMEautomotive (DMEa). …Read More

  2. Plane Crash Shows Risks Inexperienced Pilots Face in Mountain Areas

    A single-engine plane crash at the Loveland Ski Area that claimed the life of an Ohio family highlights the importance of mountain flight training – and the deadly consequences a lack of training can produce. On June 30 James Kerker of Raymond, Ohio, was attempting to navigate a mountain pass along Interstate 70 west of Denver when he crashed in a forested area near the top of a Loveland Ski are…Read More

  3. Treatment Center Says Legalized Pot Boosts Marijuana-Based DUI Charges

    Colorado has reached the six-month mark of its regulated marijuana experiment, and data reveal – at least by one estimate – an apparent doubling of marijuana-based charges for driving under the influence (DUI). Arapahoe House, a detox facility near Denver, reports that the number of its patients arrested for driving under the influence of marijuana jumped from 8 percent last year to 15 percent…Read More

  4. Study Finds Big Jump in ER Visits for Traumatic Brain Injuries

    A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can forever change a person’s life. Millions of people suffer TBIs every year, and now a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association has found a nearly 30 percent increase in the number of emergency room visits for TBIs from 2006 to 2010. That statistic is generating questions about whether the number of TBIs is going up or health-care profes…Read More

  5. VA Scandal Deepens as Senator, Whistleblower Provide Details of Mistreatment

    New evidence emerged this week that indicates problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) are widespread and may have caused the deaths of more than 1,000 veterans. On June 23, a whistleblower at the Phoenix VA hospital that’s at the center of the patient wait time scandal revealed that records of veterans who died while awaiting care were altered to hide their deaths. On June 24, Sen. T…Read More

  6. More Bicycle Commuting Means Greater Need to Share the Road

    Fort Collins was highlighted recently in a USA Today story on the surge in bicycle commuting over the past decade. According to the report, the number of Americans who bike to work increased by 60 percent in the past decade, based on data from the U.S. Census Bureau. In Fort Collins, 6.8 percent of commuters opt for pedal-powered, two-wheeled transportation. Nationwide, less than 1 percent of comm…Read More

  7. Comedian’s Injury Highlights Proposed Rollback of Trucker Rest Rules

    The serious injuries suffered by Tracy Morgan and several other comedians in a June 7 tractor-trailer accident on the New Jersey Turnpike are further evidence that truck accidents on America’s roadways are no laughing matter. Indeed the accident, which has politicized a proposed rule change to truck driver hours of service (HOS) rules, has safety advocates calling the amendment a joke. Sen. Susa…Read More

  8. Self-Driving Cars Could Create Legal Nightmares When They Crash

    After a car accident in Colorado, the driver who was responsible for causing the collision is normally considered legally liable. But what would happen if there was no human at the wheel of a car that causes an accident? This is an issue that courts and lawmakers will confront as autonomous cars become a reality. A recent article in The New York Times addressed the issue, indicating that the techn…Read More

  9. Could Swedish-Style Traffic Safety Measures Save Lives in Colorado?

    Swedish law officially permits zero deaths in car accidents each year. While achieving that goal has proved elusive, Sweden has made many traffic safety efforts to eliminate fatal traffic accidents. Steps include reducing speed limits and designing every inch of street space to anticipate and accommodate human error. The tough measures have paid off. Sweden now has the lowest number of traffic fat…Read More

  10. Are Your Tires Too Old to Be Safe?

    It’s often said that tires are the only thing between you and the road. Unfortunately, most people don’t think very much about their tire safety unless they have a flat. But old tires can suddenly blow out even if they look like they have enough tread. A recent article on Autoblog highlighted some of the potential pitfalls of aging tires as part of a story on the tire industry’s efforts to b…Read More