State House passes bill to dramatically increase penalties for texting while driving
DENVER -- The Colorado State House passed a bill Monday that will impose stricter penalties for people convicted of texting while driving. The House voted, 56-8, on the measure, which increases a first offense from a $50 fine and one point on a driver's record to a $300 fine and four points. Drivers will only be cited if using a device led them to drive "in a careless and imprudent manner." That would prevent citations for people texting at a red light as opposed to while driving.