Paint your thumb red Wednesday: CDOT cracks down on distracted driving

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DENVER — Over the past week, three Colorado Department of Transportation vehicles were struck by public drivers and, since Jan. 1, 22 Colorado State Patrols cars have been hit.

According to CDOT, most of these accidents resulted from distracted driving.

Earlier in the year, CDOT launched the Red Thumb Reminder campaign to create more awareness around the dangers of distracted driving. During the campaign, CDOT officials asked state employees, the media and the public to paint their thumbnails red as a reminder to down the phone while operating a vehicle.

CDOT re-issued the request, asking people to once again paint their thumbnails red Wednesday to continue efforts to prevent accidents related to distracted driving.

The entire state has been asked to get involved and to post pictures featuring their painted thumbnails to Facebook and Twitter with the hashtags #redthumbreminder, #SaveCDOTcrews and #moveover.

In March, Colorado lawmakers began a conversation about the dangers of texting and surfing the web on the phone while driving, considering making it illegal to use a cell phone behind the wheel.