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Mobile Electronic Devices & Motor Vehicle Driving

Concerning the use of mobile electronic devices when driving a motor vehicle, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
2024 Regular Session
Transportation & Motor Vehicles
Bill Summary

Current law prohibits an individual who is under 18 years of age from using a mobile electronic device when driving. The bill applies the prohibition to an individual who is 18 years of age or older unless the individual is using a hands-free accessory. The following uses are exempted:

  • By an individual reporting an emergency to state or local authorities;
  • By an employee or contractor of a utility when responding to a utility emergency;
  • By an employee or contractor of a city or county is acting within the scope of the employee's or contractor's duties as a code enforcement officer or animal protection officer;
  • By a first responder; or
  • By an individual in a motor vehicle that is parked.

The penalties for a violation are:

  • For a first offense, $75 and 2 license suspension points;
  • For a second offense within 24 months, $150 and 3 license suspension points; and
  • For a third or subsequent offense within 24 months, $250 and 4 license suspension points.

A violation will be dismissed if the individual has not previously committed a violation, produces proof of purchase of a hands-free accessory and affirms, under penalty of perjury, that the defendant has not previously claimed this option to dismiss.

Current law requires a peace officer who makes a traffic stop to record the demographic information of the violator, whether a citation has been issued, and the violation cited. The bill clarifies that the peace officer must record whether the bill has been violated.

The executive director of the department of transportation, in consultation with the chief of the Colorado state patrol, is required to create a campaign raising public awareness of the requirements of the bill and of the dangers of using mobile electronic devices when driving.

For the 2024-25 state fiscal year, $6,900 is appropriated from the Colorado DRIVES vehicle services account in the highway users tax fund to the department of revenue for use by the division of motor vehicles to implement the bill.

(Note: Italicized words indicate new material added to the original summary; dashes through words indicate deletions from the original summary.)

(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)




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