Distracted driving enforcement begins Friday across Colorado

Colorado drivers can expect to see more troopers on the roadways this weekend looking for distracted drivers. 

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and Colorado State Patrol (CSP) are joining forces to conduct a statewide distracted driving enforcement period from Friday, April 8, through Sunday, April 10.

Sixty-nine people were killed in distracted driving crashes in Colorado in 2015, according to preliminary data. 

“It may seem like a harmless glance at your phone, but a AAA study indicates that the cognitive distraction from using your phone can last as long as 27 seconds after finishing a distracting task — incredibly too long while driving,” said Darrell Lingk, Director of the CDOT’s Office of Transportation Safety. 

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“Texting and driving is illegal for all Colorado drivers, regardless of age,” said Lingk.

“Law enforcement officers would much rather issue citations for those driving distracted now, than arrive at the scene of a crash caused by distracted driving later,” said Scott Hernandez, Chief of the Colorado State Patrol.

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CDOT has also asked Facebook users to submit their own anti-distracted driving messages for possible use on highway message signs throughout the state. CDOT will put the submission to a public vote, and the winning messages may be displayed on highway signs in April.

For more information about distracted driving in Colorado, visit codot.gov/safety/distracteddriving.

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