Safety

Distracted Driving

What is Distracted Driving?

Distracted driving is the act of driving while engaged in anything—texting, looking after children or pets, talking on the phone or to a passenger, watching videos, eating, or reading—that takes a driver's focus away from the road.

Using a cellphone while driving is a Killer Habit.

Many drivers are aware of the dangers of distracted driving but continue to do so. Distracted driving crashes are likely under-reported. Unlike alcohol-impaired driving, there's no quick test, like a breathalyzer, to tell if someone was distracted at the time of the crash, and some drivers involved in crashes don't admit they were driving distracted.


 

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Know the Stats

  • In 2015, 68 deaths and 15,574 crashes involved Colorado distracted drivers.
  • Distracted driving fatalities are increasing in Colorado.
    In 2015, 68 (13 percent) of the 546 Colorado traffic fatalities were caused by distracted driving. In 2014, 59 (12 percent) of the 488 Colorado traffic fatalities were caused by distracted driving.
     
  • Distracted driving is a problem across all age groups.
    CDOT found that 37.4 percent of Colorado distracted driving crashes between 2012-2014 was people between the ages of 21 and 34.
     
  • Preliminary data indicates that in 2015, cellphones were a contributing factor in 17 fatal Colorado crashes.
     
  • Ninety-eight percent of national survey respondents know distracted driving is dangerous; nearly 75 percent admit to having done it. —Center for Internet and Technology Addiction
     
  • Eighty-four percent of respondents support measures prohibiting any physical interaction with cellphones. —2015 State Farm Report

2012-2015 Distracted Driver Crash Information
 

2012 2013 2014 2015
Property Damage Only 9,296 9,805 10,345 5,292
Injury Crashes 3,872 4,150 4,356 2,058
Injuries 5,705 6,055 6,255 2,911
Fatality Analysis Reporting System: Crashes 72 66 53 63
Fatality Analysis Reporting System: Fatalities 79 73 59 69
Total Crashes: Property Damage Only, Injury and Fatal Crashes 13,240 14,021 14,754 7,413
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Note: Numbers in red are values that span Jan. 1, 2015 ‐ June 30, 2015.


CDOT is committed to reducing fatal and injury crashes due to distracted driving. We support law enforcement statewide in efforts to step up enforcement of cellphone use and distracted driving citations, and we work with local communities and safety organizations to help spread the word on the dangers of distracted driving.

Download and use CDOT's Drop the Distraction campaign materials, and help spread the message to drive distraction-free!

Spread the word.

CDOT is committed to reducing fatal and injury crashes due to distracted driving. We support law enforcement statewide in efforts to step up enforcement of cellphone use and distracted driving citations, and we work with local communities and safety organizations to help spread the word on the dangers of distracted driving.

Download and use CDOT's Drop the Distraction campaign materials, and help spread the message to drive distraction-free!

Texting & Driving
  • Texting and driving is illegal for drivers of all ages.

    Drivers younger than 18 are prohibited from using a cellphone while driving, and they can be fined and may risk losing their licenses.

    The only exception to this rule is calls to the police or fire department. Please see "Colorado Teen Driving" and "Teen Driving Restrictions" for more information.
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