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Craig CDOT calls on drivers to drop the distraction in April

In April, the Colorado Department of Transportation is partnering with the Colorado State Patrol to support nationwide efforts to end distracted driving, as part of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. This effort comes following CSP’s weekend of heightened distracted driving enforcement that took place, March 20 to 22.

The public is encouraged to join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter, using #DroptheDistraction to discuss creative ways to combat distracted driving in everyday life.

The National Safety Council recommends drivers taking action to combat distracted driving:



■ Stop using cell phones while driving

■ Recognize that hands-free devices offer little safety benefit



■ Understand the dangers of the cognitive distraction to the brain

■ Tell others about the dangers of distracted driving

While there are many equally dangerous distractions, cellphone use — and specifically text messaging — is regarded by many as the most alarming. Sending or receiving a text message diverts a driver’s eyes for an average of 4.6 seconds — enough time to drive the length of a football field at 55 mph, blindfolded.

“A text really is a 5-second blindfold,” Darrell Lingk, director of the CDOT’s Office of Transportation Safety, said in a statement. “Culturally, we have grown phone-dependent to the point that sending a text or checking email feels almost as second-nature as breathing or blinking. That’s why we ask all Colorado drivers to come together and protect each other by driving distraction-free.”

In 2013, 61 people died, while another 1,490 sustained serious injuries, in distraction-related crashes in Colorado.

In addition to supporting NSC’s National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, CDOT is targeting Colorado teen drivers this summer in a new campaign encouraging them to “Drop the Distraction.”

CDOT is planning to distribute a series of brochures and posters throughout the year for public consumption. For more information about the campaign, including additional facts and the recent AAA Foundation report, visit

codot.gov/programs/

distracteddriving.

Colorado lamb is great for Spring Celebrations

Each month, the Colorado Department of Agriculture features a different commodity to highlight the variety and quality of products grown, raised or processed in the state. This month showcases lamb in the Grilled Colorado Lamb Chops recipe, according to a press release.

Colorado is well-known around the world for its high quality lamb. Colorado is ranked third in the nation for sheep and lamb production with 365,000 head in the state. Lamb is an excellent source of protein, Vitamin B-12, niacin, zinc and a good source of iron.

Look for Colorado lamb at your local grocery store or at restaurants across the state.

Grilled Colorado Lamb Chops

Chef Jason K. Morse, C.E.C., Executive Chef, Douglas County School District and 5280 Culinary, LLC

■ 12 Colorado Lamb Chops

Marinade ingredients:

■ 4 Cloves Garlic, crushed

■ 1/2 Red Onion, diced

■ 4 Tbsp. Olive Oil

■ 3 Tbsp. Lemon Juice, fresh

■ 3 Tbsp. Apple Cider

■ Fresh cracked pepper to taste

■ Salt to taste

In a stainless steel mixing bowl add the marinade ingredients and mix well. Place the lamb chops into a sealable plastic bag, add the marinade and mix well to ensure lamb is covered. Squeeze out any air and seal bag. Place bag onto a cookie sheet and allow to marinate for approximately 2 hours. Remove from the marinade, place onto the cookie sheet and allow to drain of excess oil/liquid. Preheat grill to 500° Fahrenheit. Place the chops on the grill and sear on the first side, then turn the chops over and cook the second side until the desired temperature level is reached. Remove from the grill and allow to rest for 5 minutes. Serve with Colorado Peach Cranberry Chutney.

Visit colorado

agriculture.com for a complete list of recipes.


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