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43 Colorado crashes every day involving distracted drivers, CDOT says.

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and CDOT wants people paying attention to the road

Saja Hindi
The Denver Post
CDOT is launching its Get Turned On campaign, which encourages drivers to place their phones on “do not disturb” mode while driving.

If you’re on your phone, stop reading this story. Wait until you get home.

That’s because 43 Colorado drivers wreck every day because they aren’t paying attention, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation.

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month and CDOT is rolling out a campaign to warn drivers of the dangers of driving while looking at cell phones, applying mascara or petting dogs in the back seat.

Fifty-three people died and 6,269 were injured in 15,673 crashes in 2018 that involved distracted drivers, CDOT said in a news release.

“Driving is a significant responsibility and demands our full concentration,” Shoshana Lew, CDOT director, said in the release. “When you fail to pay attention behind the wheel, you put yourself and other travelers at serious risk …”

According to CDOT data, more than 90 percent of people said in a survey that they drove while distracted in the last week.

Read the full story via The Denver Post.