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.

Distraction Reactions

Distracted driving does — and should — cause an adverse reaction from those around you. If drivers saw how others reacted to their distracted driving, do you think they would change their behavior?

CDOT has launched a new distracted driving prevention campaign, “Distraction Reactions,” which shines a light on the impact and impression distracted driving has on those around us. Distracted drivers do not often see the risk of their behavior until it’s too late. 

CDOT’s goal is to change this perception by elevating the social stigma around distracted driving — harnessing the power of human reactions to emphasize that distracted driving is a negative action that puts everyone’s safety at risk. When you get behind the wheel, you’re not only in control of your own safety, your actions impact the safety of others. And when others see you drive distracted, there are going to be some strong reactions — shock, disbelief, fear.

It’s no surprise that distracted driving is a major threat to roadway safety in Colorado. Traditional distractions such as passengers, food, children and roadside visuals continue to distract drivers while handheld phones have further exacerbated the issue.

  • In 2018, 15,285 crashes on Colorado roads involved a distracted driver.
  • More than 40 car crashes occur each day in Colorado involving distracted drivers.
  • In 2018, there were 59 deaths attributed to distracted driving.

Despite these alarming facts, 85 percent of Coloradans still admit to driving distracted daily. Whether you take your eyes off the road for a second or five seconds, we want drivers to remember that distracted driving is more than disturbing. It’s dangerous.  

We are asking Coloradans to take a stand against distracted driving. If someone in your life drives distracted, talk to them about their behavior. Let’s put an end to all distracted driving in Colorado. Do not be on the receiving end of these reactions.

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AT&T Drive Mode

AT&T Drive Mode is an easy-to-use and user-friendly app solution that can be set up 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.

Life Saver

Life Saver

Using a combination of 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.

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.

Safe Ride


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.

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.

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What if mobile devices could make your employees safer? What if they could unleash productivity? They can. TRUCE enables companies to manage employee mobile device usage based on their mobile device policies as it relates to the task being performed, the employee or work group. The result is higher employee productivity, fewer accidents caused by distractions and improved worker safety.


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Steer Clear Mobile - State Farm

The Steer Clear® app is part of a comprehensive program that helps young drivers reinforce positive driving behavior. Young drivers, under age 25, who complete the Steer Clear Safe Driver Discount Program, may be eligible for a discount on their State Farm® auto insurance. The Steer Clear mobile application tracks a driver's progress through pre-set learning modules of updated content including topics such as Bluetooth, distracted driving (texting/games), and special driving situations


  • Distracted drivers are involved in an average of 42 crashes a day in Colorado.
  • In 2018, 15,673 crashes involved a Colorado distracted driver.
  • In 2018, 53 deaths involved a Colorado distracted driver.*
  • In CDOT's 2018 annual mail survey of Colorado drivers, in the week prior to the survey:
    • 91 percent of participants reported driving distracted in the past seven days.
    • 48 percent admitted to reading a message on their phones.
    • 63 percent of drivers talked on a hands-free phone.
    • 52 percent talked on a handheld phone.
    • 33 percent sent a message while driving.

*Crash data for 2018 is preliminary

Distracted driving is a problem across all age groups.

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  • Eighty-four percent of survey respondents support measures prohibiting any physical interaction with cellphones.
    —2015 State Farm Report

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