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The second leading cause of injury that results in hospitalization is attributed to motor vehicles and fourth leading cause of injury deaths in Colorado. As part of our injury prevention program, we partner with community-based organizations and government in diverse and dynamic ways. From presentations in schools to advocating for sensible regulation and legislation, our goal is to reduce injuries and fatalities in our community.
Motor vehicle crashes remain the leading cause of death in Colorado for teens ages 15 to 19. By helping teens understand the importance of driving safely and being an adult role model of safe driving habits, we can reduce the number of vehicle related injuries and deaths.
In 2005, the Colorado General Assembly passed additional components to Colorado's law which restricted the number of passengers that a minor driver can transport, and prohibited any minor driver who has held a license for less than one year from driving between midnight and 5 a.m. Since this law went into effect, the teen motor vehicle death rate dropped from 31.1 deaths per 100,000 teens ages 15-19 in 2004 to 12.7 deaths per 100,000 teens in 2009.
Graduated Driver Licensing is a proven system that helps beginning drivers gain important driving skills gradually, under lower-risk conditions and with minimum distractions. There are three stages to Colorado's GDL system:
Learn more about Colorado's Graduated Driver License and how it is working to reduce teen crashes and fatalities.
If you would like to learn more
about our program or to request a presentation or representation at an event,
Robert Hayes, RN, Trauma Injury Prevention SpecialistPhone: 720-321-8973
West Metro Fire Rescue offers free car seat safety checks by appointment only. Learn more and schedule.
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