2019 Legislative Work
The Hands-Free Bill Was Killed. It is with supreme frustration that I share this news: The Hands-Free Bill was killed by the House Judiciary Committee. This means that we have to wait for next year’s legislative session to start over again. And believe me: I will. Sign up for the Rider Justice newsletter at the bottom of this page to stay informed about our efforts in the 2019-20 legislative session.
It’s Time to Raise Your Voices Again! — If you’re sick and tired of cagers texting while driving, putting bikers at risk, contact the Colorado Representatives below today. They are on the House Judiciary Committee and they will decide whether this law passes to the full House for a hearing. PLEASE TAKE 5 MINUTES TO CALL OR EMAIL EVERYONE IN THE LINK ABOVE!
SB19-012 Passes Today! — The 3rd reading and final vote of the Senate floor happens tomorrow, 3/15 @ 9 AM. Contact these Senators tonight and let them know you support the "Use of Electronic Mobile Devices While Driving" bill!
SB19-012 Passed the Senate Appropriations Committee — SB19-012 passed the Appropriations Committee but we can't rest yet! We need fast action from supporters as this bill could be on the Senate Floor as early as Monday or Tuesday. Emails over the weekend count! Contact the Senators on this list to let them know you support "Use of Electronic Mobile Devices While Driving" bill!
Fight texting & driving in Colorado — Stage 2. — Contact the Senators in this link today. They are on the Senate Appropriations Committee and they will decide how much the hands-free driving bill will affect Colorado’s budget. This is a CHEAP law to enforce, so this committee needs to let it move forward to the House, where it will get another hearing. PLEASE TAKE 5 MINUTES TO CALL OR EMAIL EVERYONE!
Distracted Driving in Colorado: We’re One Step Closer to Safer Roads — We would like to see Colorado join the 16 others that prohibit all drivers from using hand-held electronics while driving.On February 14, the Committee voted on this revised bill (no testimony was taken) and passed it on to the full Senate!
Hands-Free Bill Passes Committee: Update from the Capitol — Scott and Susan Dane from CORD give an update immediately after the Committee vote today. The bill is still alive!
SB012 - Critical Vote to Stop Distracted Driving in Colorado — BIKERS! If you want safer roads (aka: less distracted driving from cagers), you MUST call the three Senators in this link today! This Thursday, the Colorado Senate Transportation & Energy Committee meets to vote on SB012: Use of Electronic Mobile Devices while Driving bill. If we do not have the votes, the bill dies. We have 3 Senators who seem close to voting for the bill but they need more proof that the people of Colorado desperately want this.
Students for Safer Roads — As many of you know, we are throwing our support behind Bill SB19-012 also called "Use of Electronic Mobile Devices While Driving" Bill. One incredible breath of fresh air last week during statements to the Senate Transportation & Energy Committee, were these four fantastic teenagers: Allie Card, Tommy O'Sullivan, Chris Moser, and Delaney Card. While we didn't get all of their statements, there is some real gold in here. If teenagers can get it - why can't everyone else?
Let’s End Distracted Driving in Colorado — Distracted driving is killing Coloradans. Now there is a bill making its way through the Colorado Senate that could save lives. It’s called the “Use of Electronic Mobile Devices While Driving” Bill (SB19-012) and it is scheduled to be heard by the Senate Transportation & Energy Committee on Thursday, Jan 24, 9:45 am, Conference Room 352 in the State Capitol.
Distracted Driving is Killing Bikers! We Have a Chance to Change that Now! — When’s the last time you saw someone texting and driving? Today, right? Every day. And texting while driving KILLS BIKERS. Now there is a bill making its way through the Colorado Senate that could save motorcyclists’ lives. It’s called the “Use of Electronic Mobile Devices While Driving” Bill (SB19-012) and it is scheduled to be heard by the Senate Transportation & Energy Committee on Thursday, Jan 24, 9:45 am.
Hands-Free Driving in Colorado: I’m For It — Yesterday, I was interviewed by 9News for a story about a bill making its way through the Colorado Senate. (Senator Lois Court and I have been trying to get a version of this bill passed since 2017. See this story for a recap of our efforts.) This bill, should it become law, would make it illegal to use a hand-held device while driving in Colorado.
2018 Legislative Work
Texting While Driving in Colorado: I’m Still Fighting the Good Fight — For several years now, I have been working with Colorado Senator Lois Court to make it illegal to text while driving in Colorado. We’ve had our ups and downs in this battle but I believe momentum and public sentiment are behind us as we gear up for another attempt to pass stricter hands-free laws in 2019.
WESTWORD: Why Texting and Driving in Colorado is Still Legal — Our own Scott O’Sullivan was interviewed by Westword as part of their ongoing series about Denver traffic. Today, Michael Roberts spoke with Scott about Colorado texting and driving laws: where they are and where they’re going.
New Colorado Legislation Requires Hands-Free Tech While Driving — Senator Lois Court has introduced a bill called “The Use of Mobile Electronic Devices While Driving Act.” It would essentially make it illegal to use a mobile device in your car with your hands. However, using hands-free technology to operate your mobile device is allowed in this bill. Basically, your eyes need to stay on the road and your hands need to stay on the wheel.
2017 Legislative Work
Alert: Support a Bill That Would Increase Fines for Texting and Driving — Did you know that the current fine for texting while driving in Colorado is only $50? That is a ridiculously low fine for a crime that impairs and distracts drivers as much as drinking and driving. On January 25th at 1:30pm, I testified before the Senate Committee for State Veterans Military Affairs (an odd committee for this bill, but that’s where it is) and argued that the fine for texting and driving should match the crime.