Colorado drivers admit to texting, posting to social media while driving

By: Chhun Sun
March 6, 2017 Updated: March 6, 2017 at 5:25 pm
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A driver looks at their phone as they make their way through traffic in Dallas, Monday, March 6, 2017. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

About 22 percent of Coloradans admitted they read a text message, sent an email or made a social media post while they were driving, according to a Colorado Department of Transportation survey released Monday about driving behaviors.

Other confessions found in the survey include: nearly 40 percent of adult drinkers drove within a couple hours of drinking alcohol, 24 percent of drivers speed all or most of the time and 15 percent wrote on an electronic device while driving in the week before filling out the survey.

Also, 62 percent reported using an iPod, CD player, radio or other devices in the week before the survey.

"This survey provides us with a good but disturbing snapshot of what is actually happening on Colorado roadways," CDOT's transportation safety director Darrell Lingk said in a statement. "It will help us design and implement our traffic safety campaigns to address these dangerous behaviors."

The information was collected from 845 completed surveys that covered topics about seat belt use, speeding, distracted driving, alcohol, marijuana and prescription drugs.

The survey also shows that pickup truck drivers are less likely to wear their seatbelt, especially on local roads, and that 69 percent of drivers admitted to speeding.

The data comes after CDOT reported 607 deaths on state roads in 2016, up 24 percent in the last two years.

CDOT says that seatbelt use in the state is down 84 percent, below the national average of 90 percent. "Unbuckled fatalities accounted for nearly half of all passenger vehicle deaths," CDOT says in a news release Monday. "Alcohol-related fatalities contributed to nearly one-third of the state's traffic fatality total."

For complete results of the driving survey, click here.

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