Restrictions on cellphone use while driving in Colorado won’t advance this year after lawmakers missed a deadline to vote on the bill.
For a while, it seemed Colorado lawmakers had hung up on a proposal to restrict cellphone use in cars this year, but it turns out the bill was just on hold.
New restrictions on cellphone use while driving stalled in the Colorado House on Wednesday as lawmakers wrestled with emotional testimony and the logistics of enforcing the proposal.
Colorado drivers would have to use a hands-free device to use their cellphones under a bill being considered by state lawmakers.
Currently in Colorado drivers can be ticketed for texting and driving. Now some lawmakers want to make it easier to punish drivers talking on their cellphones – mainly drivers who don’t use hands-free devices.
A Colorado lawmaker who’s gotten complaints from constituents about drivers distracted by their cellphones is proposing banning their use in cars unless people use a hands-free device.
Colorado mental health providers would get expanded authority to report threats to places like movie theaters and schools under a bill given initial approval in the state House on Wednesday.
Immigrants in Colorado illegally are closer to having a chance at getting driver’s licenses, a proposal Democrats say is aimed at improving safety on the roads, although Republicans remain skeptical.
Driver’s licenses for immigrants living in Colorado illegally advanced in a state House committee as the idea gains traction around the country.