Highway patrol focuses on distracted driving in April

To encourage all drivers to be aware of their digital addiction and drop the distraction, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and Colorado State Patrol are joining in a national effort to recognize April as National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, bringing attention to the threat distracted drivers pose.

Beginning April 1 and running through April 21, the high-visibility law enforcement initiative will target motorists who engage in risky distracted driving behaviors such as talking on hand-held cell phones and sending text messages while driving.

MA law prohibits adult drivers from writing, sending, or reading electronic messages, interacting with apps or browsing the internet while driving even if stopped at a light, the statement said.

In California, drivers under 18 are prohibited from using a cell phone or a hands-free device while behind the wheel.

The driver was unlicensed and speeding.

The Fontana P.D.is also deploying extra traffic officers with grant-funded resources throughout the entire month in city locations with higher numbers of traffic collisions.

"Unfortunately, we still have a long way to go to change attitudes and behaviors about distracted driving".

"Do the right thing - put your phone away when you get behind the wheel", Cossette said.

The high visibility law enforcement initiative will target motorists who engage in unsafe distracted driving behaviors such as talking on hand-held cell phones and sending text messages while driving. The number of reported distracted drivers increased 5% in 2016 after rising 11% from 2014 to 2015. "These crashes not only lead to property damage, but often to injuries and even fatalities". Of the 57,298 distracted driving crashes in Colorado between 2012 and 2015, drivers ages 21 to 30 were involved in 30 percent of crashes.

94 percent of all crashes are caused by driver error (NHTSA).

"Drivers focused on anything but driving put every road user - especially pedestrians and bicyclists - in danger", said Jeff Larason, Director of the Highway Safety Division. Those crashes killed 452 people and seriously injured another 3,068.

Keep in mind to buckle up! While the survey shows 23% of drivers are taking pictures and 14% are recording videos, 93%claim they talk to passengers in the auto, 23% attend to children, and 21% attend to pets in vehicle, causing additional distractions.