Nine out of ten drivers in Colorado have admitted to driving whilst distracted, according to the results of a new survey.
The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) asked 897 Coloradans about their driving behaviors between February and June this year.
In the seven days prior to the survey, 92 percent of respondents reported driving distracted. Of things people did most often, eating food and drinking topped the list, followed by selecting entertainment on a handheld device and talking on a hands-free phone.
The results also revealed 17 percent of motorists do not buckle up when driving short distances and only four percent of respondents said they never exceeded a posted speed limit of 65 mph.
“Over 9 in 10 Coloradans admitted they drove distracted in the last week,” said Shoshana Lew, CDOT’s Executive Director.
“Unfortunately, distracted and impaired driving are contributing to a tragic pattern of increased roadway fatality rates in the past months. Just as we must protect public health by fighting the virus with measures like social distancing and wearing masks, we must protect ourselves and our neighbors by driving carefully and safely. It could save your life.”
The full 2020 survey results can be viewed on CDOT’s website at: https://www.codot.gov/safety/safetydata/driver-surveys