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Colorado lawmakers want both hands, both eyes on the road

We all know how dangerous distracted driving is. We hear almost daily about the danger of using your cell phone while driving. Still, drivers routinely text, drive and check their phones while driving.

Some Colorado lawmakers want to change this behavior. To do so, they have proposed a bill that would make using anything other than a hands-free mobile device a traffic violation.

Sneak a peek at your phone now and then while driving?

Most people consider themselves to be at least an average driver. Yet a significant number of people continue to use their phones while driving. According to one 2017 study from Zendrive, an analytics company, drivers use their phones on average 3.5 minutes for every hour driven. Zendrive got this information from cell data itself, rather than self-reported driving behavior.

The average driver checks their phone on nearly 90 percent of all trips, according to the same study.

If accurate, this information is troubling, to put it mildly.

What will the future bring?

The law is being proposed during the 2019 legislative session. Right now, any driver under the age of 18 is prohibited from using a phone, or any electronic device, while operating a motor vehicle. A driver could still use Bluetooth or hands-free devices while driving.

Changes may very well occur, but as written the bill seeks a fine of $300 for the first offense.

Regardless of the law, of course, it is best to put the phone down while driving. Distracted driving endangers lives.

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