(UPDATED 11-29-09 at 8:15 PM)
Effective this Tuesday Dec. 1, 2009 new laws go into effect for Colorado drivers regarding the use of your cell phone while driving. Here are the basic changes.
1. No Texting or any other data entry (i.e. email)
2. No Using a Phone AT ALL if you’re under 18
In either case, this is a secondary offense which means that as long as you don’t violate any primary enforcement laws (i.e. speeding, rolling through a stop sign, failing to use turn signal, etc.) you can’t be pulled over only for violating the cell phone law. That being said, if you plan on rolling up next to the cop while you text away, you sure better be confident of your cars condition (that burned out brake light, yeah), and your driving skills (forgot to turn into the nearest lane, oops) because he’ll be looking be looking for a reason delay your travels and then you will be the lucky recipient of 2 tickets for the price of one. (Well, not really, it’s actually 2 tickets for the price of 2, but that doesn’t have the same ring to it.)
If you’re into reading this kind of stuff, you can see the full bill below. Now two questions come to mind that I’d like answers for… a) What about using the maps on my phone while driving, and b) What about when the vehicle is at a stoplight – that is when I catch up on my RSS feeds. If anyone has answers to those questions let me know!
Drive safe, and please don’t turn me in for reading my email and RSS feeds at stoplights!