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Teen Driving Laws For Colorado
For parents, there are already enough stresses in their life regarding their children as is, but once a teen is able to drive, a whole slew of other concerns arise. The car their child will drive, their insurance, the cost of gas, and even the saddening feeling that their children are starting to fly the coop. Then there are the obvious concerns over their safety while driving, because as we all know, teens at times do some pretty stupid things.
Fortunately, Colorado has a few laws in place that were instated with the idea of protecting teen drivers. It is important for parents to understand these so that they can ensure their children adhere to the laws. Also, if a teen driver breaks these teen specific laws, there are consequences which can result in monetary fines, and points being taken off their license. Add to that, if a teen driver accrues too many fines or tickets, their insurance premiums are going to go up as well. So for both the safety of your child, as well as reducing any extra costs associated with a negligent teen driver, make sure that the following laws and rules are both known and understood.
Using a Cellphone Whilst Driving
We have all heard the dangers of driving and being on your cellphone. Whether that be talking, texting, listening to music, watching a video, or any other number of things that can be done on the gadgets nowadays. Studies have been done which make very strong cases showing how even just talking on your cell phone can reduce your attention to driving by around 50%, and that’s just talking. All of the other actions that can be taken reduce ones attention by more than 50%, making it almost as though you’re not paying any attention to the road whatsoever.
For teen drivers under the age of 18, they are strictly prohibited from using a cell phone while they are driving unless in the case of an emergency. This includes every use of a cellphone, talking included. Once a teen is 18 years or older, they are then legally allowed to speak on their cellphone while driving. But every person of any age is prohibited from texting while they drive in the state of Colorado. This should be remembered as there are many fatalities that occur every year due to drivers texting, there is no need for it, and it is both dangerous and stupid. Many people would agree with that, but very few would adhere to it.
Restricted and Limited Driving Hours
From the hours between 12am and 5am, teens are not allowed to drive unless in the case of an emergency situation. This makes sense as during these hours, a person is generally more tired, it is harder to see, and for the most part, these are the hours when a person tends to drive under the influence. Either coming back from a party, an evening dinner, or any other nighttime event. This law helps to keep teens, who may like to enjoy themselves from time to time, off of the road.
This law generally does not apply for teens who are driving during these hours to go to school or work. They also do not apply amidst emergency situations. Another instance where this law does not apply is when a parent or guardian who is over the age of 21 is accompanying the teen driver.
Prior to a teen under the age of 18 being able to transport passengers under the age of 21 in the vehicle with them, they are required to at least hold their license for a minimum of 6 months. Once they have had their license for a year, a teen driver is allowed to have 1 passenger under the age of 21 in the vehicle with them. In order to have more than one passenger in the vehicle with them, a teen driver under the age of 18 must have had their license for at least a year. The only exceptions this rule are during an emergency situation, and when driving with family members.
If you have any teens who are about to start driving, please be sure to inform them of these laws, as well as the reasons to be safe on the road. Kids tend to believe they are indestructible, which is the beauty of youth. However, that also leads to arrogance, and arrogance leads to stupidity. Don’t let your kids take on any of these attributes, and you will have done your job as a parent!