In 2010 DRIVE SMART created a new program called RIDE SMART. Ride Smart is an initiative to improve on highway motorcycle safety in the foothills of Jefferson County.
In 2008, thirteen motorcycle fatalities occurred in Jefferson County, the second highest number in the state; furthermore, 46% of those fatalities involved riders with a blood alcohol content greater than 0.08%, more than any other county in Colorado.
With grant funding from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Colorado Department of Transportation has awarded funds to DRIVE SMART in partnership with Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office to establish a motorcycle safety coalition.
RIDE SMART is the first in Colorado working towards implementation of NHTSA’s new PROJECT GREEN-YELLOW-RED. Our focus is to reduce motorcycle riding at unsafe speeds and/or while impaired, to decrease the number of motorcycle accidents, injuries and deaths as well as to encourage all riders to ride within the limits of their abilities.
The coalition includes motorcycling enthusiasts, dealerships, a Jefferson County public health official, a Jefferson County Sheriff Office representative from the Mountain Precinct as well as interested owners of restaurants and taverns frequented by motorcyclists in Evergreen and Conifer.
DRIVE SMART wants all riders and their passengers to arrive home safely after a good ride.
- Get trained and licensed
- Wear protective gear — all the gear, all the time — including a helmet manufactured to the standards set by the DOT
- Ride unimpaired by alcohol or other drugs
- Ride within your own skill limits
- Be a lifelong learner by taking refresher rider courses
TO LEARN MORE ABOUT MOTORCYCLE EDUCATION INCLUDING WHERE TO TAKE A RIDER COURSE:
COLORADO DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION MOTORCYCLE SAFETY CDOT Motorcycle Safety
JEFFERSON COUNTY SHERIFF Jeffco Motorcycle Safety