Among many other initiatives happening in April, it is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. While it is impossible to tell exactly how many fatalities involve distracted driving, vehicle fatalities in 2017 again topped 40,000 and distracted driving is believed to be a major contributor. Just look around when you are a passenger in a vehicle and you can see just how many drivers are doing things besides driving.
Distracted driving is so much more than texting and driving. It is talking to people in the car, trying to read a map, eating, adjusting the heater, and any number of other things that take both your eyes and you mind off the road.
In October, Arapahoe County joined the Moving Towards Zero initiative, partnering with the Colorado Department of Transportation to reduce traffic fatalities in Colorado. The Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office challenges the community to help us move towards zero. Be present when you are driving. Make necessary adjustments to air controls, seats and mirrors before you start driving. Turn on an auto-responder on your phone that lets someone texting you know you are driving. Tell your passengers to not be a distraction to you while you are driving. If everyone makes these small changes, it can make a big difference.
National Distracted Driving Awareness Month is a great time to register your young driver for Alive at 25, a 4 ½ hour driver’s awareness course for drivers 15-24. The course twice a month at the sheriff’s office headquarters, 13101 E. Broncos Parkway. For more information on dates and times, visit our Sheriff’s Office calendar page, arapahoegov.com/calendar.
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