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.

Get Turned On

We're turned on. Are you?

It's a sight far too common on Colorado roads —drivers with their heads down and hands off the wheel, distracted by their cellphones.

In 2017, Apple released iOS11 with a "Do Not Disturb While Driving" feature built directly into the phone's settings, blocking incoming notifications, messages and calls while driving. Once enabled, the "Do Not Disturb While Driving" feature will turn on when the phone senses the user driving or when the phone connects to a vehicle's entertainment system. CDOT is encouraging drivers to Get Turned On by enabling "Do Not Disturb While Driving" mode on their iPhones. For Android phone owners, there are also distracted driving app recommendations below.

Find Your Do Not Disturb Driving App

Getting turned on never felt so… safe. Your phone doesn't have to be dangerous; downloading a safe-driving app that limits phone functions while driving is an excellent way to turn your phone from the culprit into a distracted driving solution. Here are some app options for both Android and iPhone users.

AT&T

AT&T DriveMode

AT&T DriveMode is an easy-to-use and user-friendly app solution that can be setup to automatically activate whenever the driver is traveling over 15 mph. The app will block incoming phone calls and text messages, and for AT&T customers, will send an auto-reply message. Appealing to parents, notifications can be enabled alerting parents if their teen turns off DriveMode.
Android
iPhone


Life Saver

Life Saver

Using a combination of a the phone's GPS and accelerometer, LifeSaver is a free app that detects when your car is in motion and presents a block (Android) or deterrent 'Keep your eyes on the road' notification (iPhone) on the driver's smartphone. Through the LifeSaver Driver Portal, parents and loved ones can monitor drivers, receive notifications if the app is disabled and set up customizable safe driving rewards.
Android
iPhone


True Motion Family

True Motion Family

TrueMotion Family provides an overall snapshot of your family's driving habits, using a simplified ‘trip score' to evaluate moments of distracted driving and overall risky driving behavior. The app provides at-a-glance information of where family members are driving and a trip history allows you to pinpoint exactly where distracted driving occurred.
Android
iPhone


Safe Ride

SafeRide

The SafeRide app works best when paired with your vehicle's Bluetooth entertainment system to detect when your phone enters the vehicle. The app also works with after-market Bluetooth audio connections. When beginning to drive, the app will mute audio notifications and access to the screen and buttons will be blocked. Although access to the phone is blocked while driving, the phone will remain operational and messages and alerts will be available upon arrival.
Android
iPhone


Driving Detective

Driving Detective

Driving Detective is a free Android app that automatically detects when your car is in motion and turns on your phone's "Do Not Disturb" mode, blocking incoming notifications while you drive. Normal phone operation will resume after you leave your car. While Androids already have a "Do Not Disturb" mode to block texts and notifications, there was previously no way for this feature to activate automatically while driving. Driving Detective provides this functionality to Android users.
Android


  • Distracted drivers cause an average 40 crashes each day in Colorado.
  • In CDOT's 2017 annual mail survey of Colorado drivers, in the week prior to the survey:
    • 89 percent of participants reported driving distracted in the past seven days.
    • 40 percent of drivers admitted to reading a message on their phones.
    • 25 percent sent a message while driving.
    • 53 percent talked on a handheld cellphone.
    • 54 percent talked on a hands-free phone.
  • In 2016, 67 deaths involved Colorado distracted drivers.
  • Distracted driving is a problem across all age groups.

At-Fault Distracted Drivers in Colorado Crashes by Age Group (2012-2015)

Age

Total Crashes

Percent of Crashes

0-20 8,916 15.7%
21-30 16,647 29.3%
31-40 9,942 17.5%
41-50 7,588 13.4%
51-60 6,274 11.0%
61-70 3,829 6.7%
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  • Eighty-four percent of survey respondents support measures prohibiting any physical interaction with cellphones.
    —2015 State Farm Report

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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