A newly-released study from AAA claimed cell phone use increases the risk for a traffic accident up to eight times.
According to the report, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety says the study is the first epidemiological study published on the topic in a decade.
AAA says drivers using cell phones to text or surf the internet are two to eight times more likely to be involved in a crash than non-device-distracted drivers.
According to the same study, drivers who are talking on the phone, even on a hands-free device, are up to four times more likely to be involved in a crash.
According to the Colorado Department of Transportation, 620 people died on Colorado roads last year. Data from CDOT shows the most deadly crashes happened in Denver and Colorado Springs.
The statistics don't show how many of those crashes were caused by distracted driving.
“Deep down, I think everybody appreciates just how dangerous it can be to text and drive or talk and drive," said AAA Colorado spokesman Skyler McKinley in a release.
“Today's report should make one thing clear: Motorists are putting themselves, other road users, pedestrians, and property at significant risk every time they pick up the phone while driving,” the released continued.
In the AAA Foundation's study, 66 percent of drivers polled said they consider it unacceptable for a driver to talk on a hand-held phone while driving, but 33 percent admitted to doing it regularly.
More than 88 percent said they felt texting or emailing while driving was a serious threat to personal safety.
In Colorado, the penalty for texting while driving increased from $50 to $300 last June.