Colorado, like many other states, is getting tougher on texting while driving. The practice causes car accidents that result in serious injury or even prove fatal.
In Colorado, drivers under 18 are prohibited from using a cellphone (except for calling an emergency responder or public safety entity). No voice calls, no texting, no checking emails, no surfing the internet.
Drivers who are 18 and older can use cellphones for hands-free voice calls but may not text or use data entry.
Penalties for initial violations can be as much as $300. Subsequent violations can result in jail time. A person who causes an injury or a death while texting and driving may face significantly more severe penalties, including a prison sentence.
The smart decision is to steer clear of texting while driving or other distractions caused by using a cellphone when you are behind the wheel. If you are ticketed for texting while driving, in addition to a fine, it may result in an increase to your motor vehicle insurance rates.
Attorney James L. Finegan represents motorists in the full spectrum of traffic violations, including distracted driving caused by cellphone use. The goal is to minimize the impact that a traffic ticket has on your life. We help drivers get reduced charges, protect their right to drive and lower fines.
It is smart to consult with a knowledgeable lawyer like Mr. Finegan if you have been cited for texting while driving or any traffic violation. Call (303) 980-5511 or use our online contact form to provide us more information on your case and learn how we can help. The firm represents clients throughout metro Denver, including Jefferson County, from its office in Lakewood.