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Explaining Colorado's New Law Regarding The Use of Mobile Devices While Driving

Colorado's New Law Regarding Phone Usage While Driving Goes Into Effect on January 1, 2025

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Colorado's New Law Banning Mobile Device Use While Driving

Colorado Governor Jared Polis has signed Senate Bill 24-065 into law, a groundbreaking move to reduce distracted driving. This new law, effective Woman Driving With Phone January 1, 2025, prohibits the use of mobile electronic devices while driving, except in specific emergency situations. Here's everything you need to know about the Colorado mobile device ban and how it impacts drivers.

Key Provisions of the New Colorado Mobile Device Law
The new statute aims to curb distracted driving by restricting how drivers can interact with their phones and other handheld devices.

Here's what it entails:

•    Prohibited Actions:
  • Holding a mobile device in your hand while driving.
  • Watching videos or movies on a mobile device.
  • Writing, sending, or reading text-based communications, including texts and emails, unless converted from voice-based communication.
•    Allowed Exceptions:
  • Contacting public safety entities.
  • Using devices during emergencies.
  • Utility workers and first responders performing their official duties.

Penalties for Violating the Colorado Mobile Device Ban

Violating this new law can lead to significant penalties:

•    First Offense: $75 fine and a $10 surcharge.
•    Second Offense within 24 Months: $150 fine and a $10 surcharge.
•    Third or Subsequent Offense within 24 Months: $250 fine and a $10 surcharge.

If a violation results in bodily injury or death, it is classified as a Class 1 misdemeanor traffic offense.

Man Driving With Phone Police Enforcement Rules for the New Mobile Device Law
Law enforcement officers will follow specific guidelines when enforcing this law:
•    Observation Requirement: Drivers will not be cited unless an officer observes the use of a mobile device causing careless or imprudent driving.
•    No Device Seizure: The law does not authorize the seizure of mobile devices unless otherwise provided by law.
•    Compliance Dismissal: Charges can be dismissed if the driver produces a hands-free accessory or proof of purchase and affirms under penalty of perjury that they have not previously had a charge dismissed under this provision.

Practical Tips for Colorado Drivers to Comply with the New Law

To avoid penalties and stay compliant, here are some practical tips:

1.    Use Hands-Free Accessories: Equip your vehicle with Bluetooth headsets or dashboard mounts for hands-free operation.
2.    Plan Ahead: Set your GPS and make any necessary calls before you start driving.
3.    Pull Over Safely: If you must use your mobile device, pull over to a safe location, such as a parking lot.
4.    Educate Passengers: Inform your passengers about the law so they can assist you in staying focused on driving.
5.    Stay Informed: Follow public awareness campaigns and educational materials from the Colorado Department of Transportation.

Public Awareness Campaign for Colorado Mobile Device Ban

To support this law, the Colorado Department of Transportation, in consultation with the Colorado State Patrol, will launch a public awareness campaign by October 1, 2024. This campaign aims to educate the public about the dangers of using mobile devices while driving and the specifics of the new law.
Woman Driving With Phone In Hands
By following these tips and staying informed, Colorado drivers can help create safer roads and contribute to reducing distracted driving incidents. For more information, visit the Colorado Department of Transportation’s website or contact your local DMV office.


The new Colorado mobile device ban represents a significant step towards enhancing road safety. Drivers are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the new regulations and take proactive measures to ensure compliance.

By optimizing your compliance with Colorado's new mobile device law, you contribute to safer driving conditions. Remember, starting January 1, 2025, keeping your hands off your phone while driving isn't just smart – it's the law.  
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