Proposed bill would prohibit cellphone use for all Colorado drivers, not just for minors – What We Know!

DENVER — Sponsors of Senate Invoice 22-175, or the Cellular Digital Gadgets and Motor Car Driving invoice, say at its coronary heart, it’s a public security invoice.

“It’s about making our streets safer,” stated invoice sponsor Senator Chris Hansen, D-Arapahoe.

If handed, the invoice would prohibit all handheld cellphone name use whereas behind the wheel.

Drivers beneath the age of 18 are already prohibited from utilizing cellphones whereas driving. SB 22-175 would prohibit cellphone use for all drivers.

“That is actually what the invoice is about, attempting to make it possible for individuals have their fingers free in order that they’ll drive and focus on the street,” stated Hansen.

If handed, the primary offense could be a $150 positive and two license suspension factors. The penalties would improve with repeated offenses within the span of 24 months. Drivers may have the positive eliminated in the event that they present proof of shopping for a hands-free system.

Craig Towler was nearly killed in a crash years in the past by a driver who was impaired and distracted. He says he desires individuals to know that behind the statistics of distracted driving, there are individuals residing with the repercussions.

“It’s essential to additionally acknowledge that when individuals are significantly injured, that life goes on and that we wish to not simply be a headline within the information,” stated Towler. “However you understand, once more, it’s actually nearly humanizing the individuals concerned in our experiences.”

Authorities would be capable of pull drivers over in the event that they see somebody utilizing or holing their cellphone. Senator Rhonda Fields, D-Arapahoe, says this invoice wouldn’t improve profiling or pointless stops.

“I believe it’s a legitimate concern, however the knowledge that I’ve seen, which suggests that folks of shade are extra impacted by a distracted driver … you’re extra apt to be hit and [be the victim of] a fatality or an accident by somebody who’s distracted driving,” stated Fields.

An identical invoice was rejected in 2020 as a consequence of issues over police profiling and pointless site visitors stops.

“We went again and actually modified the invoice to answer that concern, and embedded within the proposed invoice language is knowledge monitoring to make it possible for we don’t have a disproportionate policing drawback within the state,” stated Hansen.

A CDOT report final month confirmed nearly all of drivers are distracted by consuming or consuming whereas driving, not cellphone use.

“This invoice doesn’t deal with consuming and driving, however what it does deal with is those that are texting, studying or have a handheld system of their hand whereas they’re driving, as a result of that may very well be distracting,” stated Fields.

Up to now, 24 states have handed related laws. Hansen says these states have additionally seen a couple of 5 % discount in automobile insurance coverage charges for drivers.