Ban on texting while driving takes effect Tuesday

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

DENVER (AP) – It will soon be illegal for drivers in Colorado to text, e-mail or Tweet when they’re behind the wheel.

The ban passed by the legislature will take effect Tuesday. The new law will also bar drivers under 18 from talking on their cell phones.

The law that passed is weaker than one originally proposed at the Capitol. It would have also barred adult drivers from talking on cell phones unless they used a handsfree device.

Under the new law, texting while driving is a primary offense so police can pull drivers over based on that violation alone.

Drivers could be fined $50 for texting while they drive and repeat offenders could be fined $100.

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  • by Joe Location: Grand Junction on Nov 25, 2009 at 09:45 AM
    The penalty for breaking this law is a joke. Drivers texting is just as dangerous as drunk driving. The penaly is simply not tough enough. It should be a minimum of $1,000.00
  • by Bob Location: Grand Jct on Nov 25, 2009 at 09:36 AM
    Too bad the polticians in Denver, (and Washington for that matter) don't have the guts to pass some legislation with some teeth in it. The original bill, that made it ellegal to talk on the phone w/o a hands free device should have been what was made into law. Apparently the way the law is now even if an officer sees someone texting and they're not doing something else wrong, they can't do anything about it??? What a joke.
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