Distracted Driving

2015 Distracted Drivers (1) smaller.jpgThe Greenwood Village Traffic Safety Unit has observed that has been an increase in Distracted Driving related accidents in 2016. As this is an ever growing problem within our society, the Traffic Safety Unit conducts strict enforcement on these types of traffic violations, which can result in a Careless Driving Citation and a fine of up to $120.00 dollars.

There were an estimated 15,307 distracted driving crashes in Colorado in 2015, a number that has grown by 16 percent in the last four years. In 2012 there were 13,236 distracted driving crashes; in 2013 there were 14,002; and in 2014 there were 14,753.

Preliminary data indicates that 69 people were killed in distracted driving crashes in 2015, which was up from 59 in 2014.

In a recent CDOT survey, 25 percent of Colorado drivers admitted to using their cell phones for messaging, 38 percent talked on a hand-held cell phones, 63 percent used entertainment devices and 41 percent had eaten while driving in the previous week.

Of the estimated 57,298 distracted driving crashes in Colorado between 2012 and 2015, drivers 21 to 30 years old were involved in 30 percent of the crashes. Furthermore, drivers 31 to 40 years old were the second largest group of distracted drivers, accounting for 18 percent of distracted driving crashes between 2012 and 2015. The most common distraction in these crashes were cell phones followed closely by other passengers in the vehicle. More than 50 percent of Colorado’s distracted driving crashes from 2012 to 2015 occurred in Denver, Jefferson, Arapahoe and Adams counties.