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DENVER -- The Colorado Department of Transportation kicked off a campaign against distracted driving on Friday and is asking Coloradans to come up with their own messages to put on highway signs.

There were 57,298 crashes caused by distracted drivers from 2012 to 2015, according to CDOT, and more than 15,000 crashes just in 2015.

Those statistics are why CDOT and the Colorado State Patrol are recognizing April as National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, calling distracted driving "a significant threat to traffic safety in Colorado."

The Colorado State Patrol plans to increase patrols specifically looking for drivers who are distracted from April 8-10.

CDOT is also asking drivers to submit their own messages against distracted driving. The submitted messages will then be put to a public vote.

The winning message might be displayed on highway signs in April.

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