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Governor signs bill into law to dramatically increase penalties for texting while driving
DENVER -- Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a bill into law Thursday that imposes stricter penalties for people convicted of texting while driving. The law increases the penalty for 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 they use a device that 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.