Distracted Driving

The Greenwood Village Traffic Safety Unit has observed an increase in Distracted Driving-related accidents.  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.

In 2019, There were an estimated 15,143 crashes involving a Colorado distracted driver, resulting in 4,361 injuries and 39 deaths. (Colorado Department of Transportation)

In the Colorado Department of Transportation's 2020 annual mail survey of Colorado drivers, in the week prior to the survey:

  • 92% of participants reported driving distracted in the past seven days.
  • 67% of drivers talked on a hands-free phone.
  • 54% admitted to reading a message on their phones.
  • 47% talked on a handheld phone.
  • 41% sent a message while driving.

According to CDOT, Of the estimated 42 crashes a day, distracted driving crashes in Colorado between 2012 and 2017, drivers 21 to 30 years old were involved in nearly 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 2017. The most common distraction in these crashes was 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.

For more information, please call 303-773-2525.