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Week Of Special Interest 07/31/19
 
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By La Voz Staff
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07/31/2019

July Rural Click It or Ticket cites 775 drivers

The Colorado Department of Transportation, Colorado State Patrol (CSP) and local law enforcement agencies recently completed a Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement period from July 15 to 21. The enforcement effort focused on the rural areas of Colorado, where seat belt use is the lowest. A preliminary total of 775 drivers were cited during this enforcement period, including 44 drivers who had an improperly restrained child under the age of 15 in the vehicle.

Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement is a crucial component of CDOT’s Whole System — Whole Safety initiative to reduce the number of deaths and injuries on Colorado roads.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office (180 citations), Dacono Police Department (70 citations) and Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office (46 citations) issued the most citations. In addition, CSP issued 252 citations. A report of all participating agencies can be found at
www.codot.gov/safety/traffic-safety-reporting-portal.

RTD pilot program to conclude

After a six-month pilot program that began in late January, RTD will conclude service on the route 61AV Aug. 2. The autonomous vehicle (AV) route is testing the viability of using an AV in a transit environment to offer first- and last-mile connections. Customers may still experience the service next week, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., to ride the fully electric self-driving shuttle.

The pilot was made possible through collaboration between RTD, City and County of Denver, EasyMile (the autonomous vehicle supplier), Panasonic, Transdev and L.C. Fulenwider, Inc. In addition to testing this groundbreaking and innovative technology in a transit environment, this pilot demonstration has given the partners the ability to learn how such vehicles can be used in a variety of community settings.

“The 61AV pilot program is just one of many endeavors RTD is participating in as we look to expanding opportunities for public transportation,” said RTD CEO and General Manager Dave Genova. “This demonstration has allowed us to assess how we can possibly implement the technology to meet future mobility needs of the people and communities we serve.”

RTD staff will present the results of the pilot program to the RTD Board of Directors with the intent of exploring other opportunities to test self-driving shuttles as an option for moving RTD passengers.

Our Government

White House

President Donald Trump signed the act into law which extends the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund. The President was joined by 200 individuals on Monday in the Rose Garden at the White House, 60 of which were first responders on 9/11. The fund will now offer individuals who have been directly affected by 9/11 compensation through 2090.

Colorado Governor

The State of Colorado will receive $64 million in federal funds for the planning and implementation of the state’s Health IT Roadmap and to invest in Health IT infrastructure and tools over Federal Fiscal Years 2019 - 2021.

“We are laser focused on lowering the cost of health care for Colorado families,” said Governor Jared Polis. “Technology in health care is a big piece of lowering costs and this funding will go a long way toward implementing the Health IT Roadmap and streamlining the industry.”

Denver Mayor

Mayor Michael B. Hancock announced today that Tykus Holloway will serve as the new Executive Director of the Mayor’s Office of the National Western Center (NWCO). Brad Dodson, interim executive director, will continue to serve as Deputy Director.

“Tykus has a proven ability to lead collaborative processes that ensure stakeholders are engaged in a meaningful way while implementing large-scale, transformative projects,” Mayor Michael B. Hancock said.

 

 

 

 

 
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