Colorado Rights Blog

SB18-049: Use Of Mobile Electronic Devices While Driving

Privacy & Technology
Bill Number: SB18-049
Year: 2018
ACLU Position: Oppose
Sponsors: J. Melton/L. Court


Current law prohibits the use of wireless telephones while driving
for individuals who are younger than 18 years of age. The bill:
• Extends the prohibition to drivers of all ages;
• Increases the penalty for minor drivers from $50 per
violation to $300 per violation, to match the penalty that
currently applies to adult drivers;
• Extends the existing prohibition of the use of wireless
telephones to include all mobile electronic devices;
• Creates an exception to the prohibition of the use of mobile
electronic devices for adult drivers who use a mobile
electronic device through the use of a hands-free device;
• Repeals a sentence enhancement for a violation that causes
a bodily injury or death.

Current Status:

Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (01/24/2018)

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