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Device may allow officers to see what apps drivers were using

Colorado motorists may be interested to learn that several cities around the nation may allow authorities to use a device that shows them if drivers were using their phone to text, read their emails or post on Facebook while they are behind the wheel. While the technology could potentially help officers determine if the driver was distracted when an accident occurred, it means privacy could also be at risk.

How to stay safe in an era of distracted driving

Colorado residents may have gotten used to seeing drivers using their cellphone while behind the wheel. That doesn't mean that those who don't use their cellphones cannot keep themselves safe on the road. In general terms, defensive driving is the act of predicting how other drivers may act on the road. From there, they may be able to take actions that prevent or reduce the odds of an accident.

Icy roads in Colorado cause fatal crash

Icy weather conditions can be deadly for Colorado drivers. On Feb. 1, 2017, it was reported that icy roads led to a fatal car crash in Northern Colorado. Although you may be looking forward to spring, you should not overlook the hazards brought on by the extra weeks of inclement weather. These conditions can decrease visibility and traction, making it more difficult to slow down, stop and react.

4 tips to drive safely in Colorado winter weather

Wet weather conditions can be deadly for motorists. For example, five Colorado motorists died in separate weather-related crashes in the same day recently. No matter if it is raining, snowing or the roads are icy, Colorado gets its fair share of hazardous conditions. Avoiding accidents and personal injury is possible when you follow some safety tips.

Survey reveals bad driving habits of young people

The results of a survey sponsored by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety could make Colorado parents reluctant to hand the keys to younger drivers. Responses from people 19 to 24 showed that 88 percent of them admitted to engaging in at least one type risky behavior behind the wheel during the previous 30 days.

Handling a road rage situation

According to AAA Foundation, nearly 80 percent of drivers experience road rage or significant anger behind the wheel. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration considers several types of behavior to be road rage, in particular when a vehicle operator commits traffic offenses that can put people or property in danger, or when a driver or passenger uses a car or other vehicle as a weapon against other vehicles on the road. Road rage is considered a criminal offense, as opposed to aggressive driving, which is a simple traffic offense.

7 injured in 3-vehicle accident

A Colorado driver was accused of causing a multivehicle accident on Jan. 15. According to the Colorado Springs Police Department, the accident took place near the North Academy Boulevard and Constitution Avenue intersection in Colorado Springs.

5 tips to safely share the road with large vehicles

You might not think about it, but sharing the road with semi-trucks and large commercial trucks can be risky. These vehicles weigh a lot more and take a lot longer to stop than cars or motorcycles. Their maneuverability limitations and size can make them dangerous and even deadly. Follow these safety tips when sharing the road with semi-trucks.

5 ways to prevent distracted driving

Practically every motorist is guilty of distracted driving at one point or another. In fact, distracted driving is more common than you may think. Talking on your phone, eating meals, doing your makeup and even chatting with other passengers can be too distracting and lead to motor vehicle accidents. Learn how to reduce your distractions and drive more safely.

Driving while sleep-deprived

Getting sleepy while driving on a long stretch of road in Colorado or other parts of the country increases a driver's chance of getting in a crash. According to a study conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, people who only get five to six hours of sleep in a day end up in motor vehicle accidents at twice the rate of drivers who get at least seven hours of sleep.

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