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CDOT campaign targets distracted driving

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The Colorado Department of Transportation is launching a new campaign to call attention to the issue of distracted driving and to warn drivers that the penalties for it have gone up dramatically.

On June 1, 2017 Governor John Hickenlooper signed into law the new changes that will dramatically increase a first offense from a $50 dollar fine to a $300 dollar fine and four points on a driver's license for a ticket for distracted driving.

In Colorado, a driver is allowed to lose no more than 12 points on their license a year. According to CDOT statistics, an average 40 crashes a day in the state are caused by distracted driving and in 2016 there were a reported 67 fatalities related to those crashes.

"Twenty-two percent of surveyed Coloradans admit to having read a message recently while driving, 64 percent selected entertainment on a mobile device and 33 percent talked on a hand-held phone. The stats are alarming," said Darrell Lingk, Director of the Office of Transportation Safety at CDOT. "The dangers of using your phone while driving are very real. We hope that by recognizing the increased risk, drivers will defer using their hand-held devices while driving thus leading to improved safety on our roadways."

CDOT is launching a series of ads to raise awareness and are also looking for volunteers to speak about the dangers of distracted driving. If you have a story you want to share with CDOT, click here

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