Colorado governor marks ban on texting while driving |

Colorado governor marks ban on texting while driving

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) – Gov. Bill Ritter is helping mark the start of a statewide ban on texting while driving by honoring Colorado Springs-area students who helped design public awareness announcements to publicize the new law.

He also was joining legislators and state transportation and safety officials Tuesday at a news conference in Denver to discuss the ban.

Starting Tuesday, it became illegal for drivers to send text messages, e-mail or tweet while driving. The new law also bars those under 18 from talking on their cell phones while driving.

Violators risk a $50 fine and repeat offenders could get a $100 ticket.

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