DENVER (CBS4) – Coinciding with Distracted Driving Awareness Month, the Colorado Teen Driving Alliance (CTDA) is reminding parents of their important role urging their teens to drive safely.

“Distracted driving poses a serious threat for all drivers, and particularly for inexperienced drivers such as teens,” Ali Maffey said in a statement.

(source: Thinkstock)

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Maffey is the policy and communication coordinator at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE).

“According to the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute, a quarter of teens respond to a text message once or more every time they drive. Not only is this behavior illegal for those under age 18 in Colorado, many teens are putting their life at risk every time they drive,” Maffey said.

CTDA wants to remind parents of a course available online that provides “step-by-step instructions on how parents can support their teens through Colorado’s Graduated Driver Licensing laws.”

“Getting up-to-speed on Colorado’s GDL laws is the best way for parents to keep their teens safe while learning to drive,” said Carol Gould, highway safety manager at the Colorado Department of Transportation.

Additional Information From CDOT

To learn more about Colorado’s graduated driving licensing laws, how to support teens through the process and access the online parent course, visit


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