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Is Colorado ready to ban cell phone use while driving?

Distracted driving is a nationwide problem, and things are no different in Colorado. Colorado Department of Transportation officials state more than 40 distracted driving accidents occur each day in the state. Of those accidents, over half are related to cell phone use.

All electronic devices would be banned

For those under 18, Colorado law currently bans using cell phone use while driving. However, some feel this law does go far enough. Colorado mother Lori Taggart, along with Democratic Representative Jovan Melton, have proposed a complete ban on all electronic devices for every Colorado driver. The proposed bill would allow drivers to continue to use mobile devices with hands-free accessories.

Drivers who violate the ban would face large fines.

Taggart family hit head on by a distracted driver

Two years ago, Taggart and five family members were hit head on by a distracted driver. A 19-year-old girl was texting while driving, dropped her phone, reached down to pick it up and then struck Taggart’s family. Though everyone survived the accident, the collision was so violent the impact alone knocked her nephew out.

Accident inspired her to form an activist group

After the accident, Taggard formed Coloradans Organized for Responsible Driving. The group is pushing for the ban that would outlaw all electronic devices, including iPads, gaming devices and laptops. According to Representative Melton, who is sponsoring the bill, 15 other states already have similar bans.

New bill has support of multiple groups

Colorado tried to pass two similar bills in the past. However, this time around Taggart and her group are supporting the measure, along with AAA, the Colorado State Patrol and some bicycle groups.

The first hearing for the proposed bill is scheduled for January 24.

Coloradans injured in a distracted driver accident can pursue legal action against the negligent driver. If your injuries were severe, you may need additional compensation to help pay for your recovery.

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