DENVER (CBS4) – The Colorado Department of Transportation is asking drivers to focus their attention on the road, not their smart devices. A new awareness campaign in April aims to highlight the dangers of distracted driving.

April is the month of distracted driving awareness.

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According to CDOT, the number of distracted driver accidents increased from 13,332 in 2012 to 15,143 in 2019. 39 people were killed in these accidents.

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Nine out of ten Coloradans surveyed admit to driving distracted every week, which is also a slight increase compared to 2019.

The campaign asks drivers to think twice: if you saw how others react to your distracted driving, would it change your behavior?

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“If you pick up a phone or take your attention off the road, you are putting not only your own safety at risk, but the safety of everyone else with you,” said Sam Cole, road safety manager at CDOT.