September 7, 2017

Get Your Head Out Of Your Apps

We borrowed the headline, Get Your Head Out Of Your Apps, from one of our favorite CDOT campaigns aimed at discouraging distracted driving.  On June 1, 2017, Gov. Hickenlooper signed into law a bill that dramatically increased a first distracted driving offense from a $50 fine and one point on a driver’s record to a $300 fine and four points.  Colorado drivers are allowed no more than 12 violation points on their license in a single year, making the increased penalties significant and an important deterrent.

“Twenty-two percent of surveyed Coloradans admit to having read a message recently while driving, 64 percent selected entertainment on a mobile device and 33 percent talked on a hand-held phone. The stats are alarming,” said Darrell Lingk, Director of the Office of Transportation Safety at CDOT. “The dangers of using your phone while driving are very real. We hope that by recognizing the increased risk, drivers will defer using their hand-held devices while driving thus leading to improved safety on our roadways.”

 In order to raise awareness about the harsher penalties and the ongoing threat distracted driving poses, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is launching their Drop The Distraction campaign with a high-visibility public awareness campaign. CDOT hopes to curb the impulse for drivers to grab their phones while driving. For more information about distracted driving in Colorado, visit distraction.codot.gov.

Weekend Travel Forecast

Friday WB – Minor slowing is possible from 1:30-6:30 p.m.

Saturday WB – Light congestion between Floyd Hill and Idaho Springs might develop around 11:00 a.m. and continue until around 2:00 p.m.

Saturday EB – No congestion-related traffic is predicted.       

Sunday EB – Traffic due to volume is expected between 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. On this day last year, the peak delay was 30 minutes during the early to mid-afternoon hours.  Stay late, skip the traffic and save with a GoI70 Peak Time Deal!

*The GoI70.com Travel Forecast is based on historical data, along with an estimation of how weather, construction, public events and other factors might impact travel.