In Colorado, more than 40 car accidents happen every day as a result of distracted driving, most of which involve cellphone use. State law has already banned the use of cellphones while driving for those under the age of 18. Now, some powerful forces are pushing to extend that ban to drivers of all ages.
The Distracted Driving Epidemic
The statistics do not lie. Texting and driving, as well as other cellphone use while driving, accounts for a substantial number of car wrecks, many of which are fatal or result in serious injuries. Some have called it an epidemic.
According to an article from The Denver Channel, Democratic Representative Jovan Melton has sponsored a state senate bill to completely ban cellphone use while driving, unless they are being used with a hands-free accessory. While the bill is still in its infancy and the first hearing will not take place for a couple weeks, it has some powerful allies. It was spearheaded by Coloradans Organized for Responsible Driving (CORD), and is backed by the AAA, the Colorado State Patrol and more.
Only time will tell whether the bill will pass. In the meantime, drivers are encouraged to put the phone down while behind the wheel and use caution to watch for those who fail to do so. In the event of a car accident caused by a distracted driver, victims may be able to seek justice and compensation through a personal injury claim.