Colorado

Nov 25, 2009 11:11 AM by Associated Press

Ban on texting while driving takes effect Tuesday

It will soon be illegal for drivers in Colorado to text, e-mail or tweet when they're behind the wheel.
The ban passed by the Legislature will take effect Tuesday. The new law will also bar drivers under 18 from talking on their cell phones.

The law that passed is weaker than one originally proposed at the Capitol. It would have also barred adult drivers from talking on cell phones unless they used a handsfree device.

Under the new law, texting while driving is a secondary offense so police can only cite violators if they're pulled over for another violation first, such as speeding. Drivers could be fined $50 for texting while they drive and repeat offenders could be fined $100.

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