Colorado driver anti-texting law hard to enforce

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

DENVER (AP) -- Colorado authorities say they are having a hard time enforcing the state's ban on texting by drivers because it's difficult to determine what caused an accident.

Colorado is one of 35 states that currently ban texting while driving. The charge is distracted driving, which can include other violations including eating while driving or putting on makeup.

The Colorado State Patrol tells the Denver Post Colorado has 50 such deaths each year.

The National Transportation Safety Board recommended Tuesday that drivers be prohibited from using hand-held and portable electronic devices in vehicles, including cell phones.


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  • by super t Location: here on Dec 14, 2011 at 06:27 PM
    i love it when you text and drive, then crash and i get to fix your junk and make a good living at it, so what i am saying is let them text, type , skype . and drive, what ever, if you are dumb. you will pay....
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      by Murphys Law on Dec 15, 2011 at 04:34 AM in reply to super t
      Remember you said that when a teeny bopper broadsides you at an intersection, because she was texting and didn't see the red light.
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        by N on Dec 16, 2011 at 10:52 AM in reply to Murphys Law
        Then we get a boost to other industries, such as doctors, hospitals, physical therapists, wheelchair manufacturers, prosthetic limb makers. Or if it's bad enough mortuaries, grave diggers, creamatoriums, flower shops, card makers, tissue makers. I think super t is on to something. Texting and driving is the new Stimulus Plan!
  • by Oh yeah on Dec 14, 2011 at 04:12 PM
    This is a sucker play. These stupid laws are unenforceable, at least without spending massive amounts of money and ramping up the police state another notch or two. The media gave almost no play to the Wayne State research pointing out that the government studies OVER-ESTIMATED the problem. Remember, the government lacks adult supervision so it is prone to unbalanced wild actions.
  • by Ricky Location: Mesa County on Dec 14, 2011 at 11:35 AM
    Medical scientists strongly endorsed the National Transportation Safety Board's recommendation Tuesday to ban nearly all use of cellphones and other portable electronics by drivers, saying the gizmos are just too distracting for the limited multitasking power of the human brain. "I wholeheartedly support a ban on personal electronic devices, which provide an unprecedented degree of distraction that's very dangerous." The report said that a driver can lose up to 37% of their concentration just conversing with a passenger in the vehicle. It becomes much worse when using electronic devices.
  • by jolie on Dec 14, 2011 at 09:58 AM
    I cannot understand why people are so stupid to think they can text and concentrate on driving! Yeah there are a lot of distractions.. eating, music etc - but for Gods sake texting is like watching tv while you are supposed to be driving! STUPID, stupid, stupid!!
  • by ??? on Dec 14, 2011 at 06:51 AM
    May as well Ban stereos from vehicles to.... Just sayin.....
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      by guest on Dec 14, 2011 at 10:19 AM in reply to ???
      theres a big difference between stereos and phones . and yes they need to enforce the loudness of stereos ,
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