Wednesday night, Grand Junction’s city council will name November "Decide to Drive" month.
It’s an awareness campaign by orthopaedic surgeons across the county to stop distracted driving.
Local surgeons are taking the effort even further. They’re teaming up with School District 51 and St. Mary’s Hospital.
Orthopaedic surgeons put bones and limbs back together after an accident and some of those accidents are caused by distracted driving.
Rocky Mountain Orthopaedic Associates says it would rather help people drive safely, instead of treating them as patients.
Of those injured in car accidents every year, 500,000 people reported being distracted by something at the time of the crash.
It’s those numbers that have mothers, like Alicia Duncan, worrying when their child gets behind the wheel.
"I know how easy it is to get distracted and that's what scares me. I’m scared that he'll get distracted or somebody will hit him,” Duncan said.
Whether we do it ourselves or we've seen others do it, most of us have a history with distracted driving.
That’s why Rocky Mountain Orthopaedics Associates is bringing the "Decide to Drive" campaign to Grand Junction.
But unlike other cities it’s involving our local schools.
All November, students will be speaking to their schools, stressing the importance of safe driving.