Bill Targeting Distracted Driving Fails in Colorado Legislature

On Jan. 24, the Use of Mobile Electronic Devices While Driving Act—a bill introduced by Colorado Sen. Lois Court that would crack down on distracted driving—failed to pass committee during a hearing. Current Colorado law prohibits the use of wireless phones while driving for individuals who are younger than 18 years old.

The proposed bill would have extended the ban to all ages and included all mobile electronic devices—not just wireless phones. Adults would have still been allowed to use a hands-free device. The bill would also have establish a penalty of $300 per violation.