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Bill Detail: SB24-065

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Title Mobile Electronic Devices & Motor Vehicle Driving
Status Sent to the Governor (05/17/2024)
Bill Subjects
  • Transportation & Motor Vehicles
House Sponsors M. Froelich (D)
D. Ortiz (D)
Senate Sponsors R. Fields (D)
C. Hansen (D)
House Committee Transportation, Housing and Local Government
Senate Committee Transportation and Energy
Date Introduced 01/19/2024
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 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.

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