- Associated Press - Friday, April 1, 2016

DENVER (AP) - The Colorado Department of Transportation is seeking help from the public in coming up with a message to alert drivers to the dangers of distracted driving.

The Denver Post reports (https://dpo.st/1opQjLb ) the department is accepting submissions on its Facebook page for messages that could be posted on highway signs. The public will vote on the submissions and winning messages could be displayed on highways in April, which is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

The Colorado State Patrol is also participating in the national effort and will increase patrols April 8-10, specifically targeting drivers using their cellphones, other entertainment devices or eating.

There were more than 15,000 distracted driving crashes in Colorado in 2015, a 16 percent increase in the last four years.

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Information from: The Denver Post, https://www.denverpost.com

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