DENVER (CBS4) – The Colorado Department of Transportation has teamed up with the Colorado State Patrol to step up an effort to end distracted driving.

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month and CDOT wants Colorado drivers to “Drop the Distraction.”

“This effort comes following CSP’s weekend of heightened distracted driving enforcement that occurred, March 20-22,” CDOT said in a statement.

CDOT wants Coloradans to join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter using #DroptheDistraction “to discuss creative ways to combat distracted driving in everyday life.”

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

“A text really is a 5-second blindfold,” said Darrell Lingk, Director of the CDOT’s Office of Transportation Safety. “Culturally, we have grown phone-dependent to the point that sending a text or checking email feels almost as second-nature as breathing or blinking. That’s why we ask all Colorado drivers to come together and protect each other by driving distraction-free.”

Additional Information From CDOT

The National Safety Council (NSC) recommends drivers taking action to combat distracted driving:

• Stop using cell phones while driving
• Recognize that hands-free devices offer little safety benefit
• Understand the dangers of the cognitive distraction to the brain
• Tell others about the dangers of distracted driving

For more information about the campaign, including additional facts and the recent AAA Foundation report, visit www.codot.gov/programs/distracteddriving.

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