Colorado passes tough penalty for texting while driving

Good news for cyclist, pedestrians, EVERYONE.

From 9News

NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 30: A driver uses a phone while behind the wheel of a car on April 30, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

KUSA – Colorado is poised to dramatically increase the punishment for texting while driving under a bill that easily passed the state House on a 56-8 vote Monday morning.

SB 27 increases the penalty for a first offense from a $50 fine and one point on a driver’s record — to $300 and four points.

The measure had already passed the Senate and now heads to the desk of Gov. John Hickenlooper (D-Colorado).

The governor’s spokeswoman Jacque Montgomery declined to predict whether the bill will be signed into law, but it is worth noting that Hickenlooper’s administration has made a public push to reduce distracted driving accidents in the state.

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One thought on “Colorado passes tough penalty for texting while driving

  1. Is this strictly limited to texting, or does it cover other phone and gadget use, too? Uber and Lyft drivers in downtown Boulder are the worst, but they’re not texting.

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