CSP, CDOT to ramp up distracted driving enforcement this weekend

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DENVER — The Colorado State Patrol and the Colorado Department of Transportation will conduct a statewide enforcement to cut down on distracted driving this weekend.

“Texting and driving is illegal for all Colorado drivers, regardless of age,” said Darrell Lingk, director of CDOT’s Office of Transportation Safety.

More troopers will be on the roadways on Friday, Saturday and Sunday looking for distracted drivers.

“It may seem like a harmless glance at your phone, but a AAA study indicates that the cognitive distraction from using your phone can last as long as 27 seconds after finishing a distracting task — incredibly too long while driving,” Lingk said.

Last year, 69 people were killed in distracted driving crashes in the state.

“Law enforcement officers would much rather issue citations for those driving distracted now than arrive at the scene of a crash caused by distracted driving later,” CSP Chief Scott Hernandez said.

“We cite drivers for reckless and distracted driving year-round, not only during our enforcement periods, and we hope this weekend reminds Coloradans of that fact.”

 

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