Colorado

GHSA maintains data on state laws surrounding a number of highway safety issues. Below is information regarding laws in the state of Colorado. For more information, consult the State Highway Safety Office.

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Motorcycle Helmet Required?

Helmets required for all riders and passengers under 18. Universal helmet law repealed 1977.

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Length of Regular Renewal Cycle

10 years

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Provisions for Mature Drivers

80 and older: electronic renewal requires passage of vision exam within the prior 6 months

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DUID Zero Tolerance or Per se Laws for Some Drugs

Permissible inference law >0 for THC

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Marijuana Possession and Use

Decriminalized and legal for recreational and medical use

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Marijuana Impaired Driving

Permissible inference for THC (5 ng)

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Urban Interstates: Trucks (MPH)

65

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Other Limited Access Roads: Cars (MPH)

65

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Other Limited Access Roads: Trucks (MPH)

65

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Rural Interstates: Cars (MPH)

75

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Rural Interstates: Trucks (MPH)

75

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Urban Interstates: Cars (MPH)

65

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Increased penalty for high BAC

0.15

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Administrative license suspension on first offense

3 months

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Limited driving privileges during suspension

Yes

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Ignition Interlocks

Mandatory for high BAC (0.15 and above) and repeat convictions, highly incentivized for first convictions

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Open container laws

Yes

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Repeat Offender Laws

No

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Child Restraint Required

Under 1 yr and under 20 lbs in rear-facing seat in rear seat
1-3 yrs and 20-40 lbs in rear or forward-facing child safety seat 
4-8 yrs in forward-facing child safety seat or booster

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Adult Safety Belt Permissible

8-15 yrs

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Learner Stage: Minimum Duration (Months)

12

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Learner Stage: Supervised Driving Hours (Night Hours in Parenthesis)

50 (10)

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Intermediate Stage: Minimum Age (Years/Months)

16

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Intermediate Stage: Nighttime Driving Restriction

Midnight - 5 a.m. (secondary enforcement)

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Intermediate Stage: Passenger Restrictions (Except Family, Unless Noted)

First 6 months: no passengers Second 6 months: no more than one passenger (secondary enforcement)

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Full Privilege Minimum Age

17 years

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Learner Stage: Minimum Age (Years/Months)

15 with driver's ed 15 / 6 with driver awareness program 16 without driver's ed. or program

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Type of Law

Secondary

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Who is Covered?

16 and over (primary law for under 18)

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In What Seat?

Front

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Hand-Held Ban?

Yes (effective January 1, 2025)

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All Cell Phone Ban? School Bus Drivers

No

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All Cell Phone Ban? Novice Drivers

Drivers under 18. Primary law.

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Text Messaging Ban?

All drivers. Primary law.

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Speed Cameras: State Law

Permitted by state law and city ordinance

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Speed Cameras: Where Permitted

School zones, residential neighborhoods, construction zones (only when construction is occurring), and streets that border a municipal park; police officer or government employee must be present at time of violation

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Red Light Cameras: State Law

Permitted by state law

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Red Light Cameras: Where Permitted

Statewide

GHSA, Responsibility.org, NASID Provide $86,000 to Combat Drunk and Drug-Impaired Driving

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 22, 2024

CONTACT: Adam Snider (GHSA), 202-580-7930, 202-365-8971 (cell)
                 Katie Beaumont (Responsibility.org), (202) 355-1915

As summer driving season kicks off, three states receive funding to help law enforcement identify and remove impaired drivers from the road

GHSA, Responsibility.org, NASID Provide $86,000 to Combat Drunk and Drug-Impaired Driving

GHSA, Responsibility.org and the National Alliance to Stop Impaired Driving (NASID) have awarded more than $86,000 to three states for initiatives to combat alcohol, cannabis and multiple-substance impaired driving. Now in its tenth year, this long-running grant program has provided more than $1.1 million to State Highway Safety Offices (SHSOs) across the country to help address this growing roadway safety threat.

Youth Active Transportation Safety Grant Results: Colorado

The Colorado Office of Transportation Safety partnered with Adelante Community Development, a non-profit organization focused on serving Latino families and entrepreneurs, to recruit and train teens as part of the Traffic Safety Youth Advisory Board. These teens were trained to be ambassadors and educated their peers in Commerce City about pedestrian, bicycle and other safe mobility practices. 

Why Do We Have Right-on-Red, and is it Time to Get Rid of It?

Atlanta, Denver, Indianapolis, Washington, DC, Raleigh, North Carolina, and other major cities have recently proposed or passed laws banning it in parts of their busy downtowns or citywide. They believe it will protect people walking and biking amid the highest number of pedestrian fatalities in more than 40 years. Right turns on red “introduce extra movements into the intersection,” said Eric Dumbaugh, a professor in the department of urban and regional planning at Florida Atlantic University who studies traffic safety.

GHSA and National Road Safety Foundation Provide Grants for Safe Youth Mobility in Underserved Areas

GHSA has awarded grants totaling $75,000 from the National Road Safety Foundation to State Highway Safety Offices in CO, KY and MN to work with community-based groups representing underserved populations to provide safe youth mobility options like walking, biking or riding a scooter.

GHSA and National Road Safety Foundation Provide Grants for Safe Youth Mobility in Underserved Areas

GHSA has awarded grants totaling $75,000 from the National Road Safety Foundation to State Highway Safety Offices in CO, KY and MN to work with community-based groups representing underserved populations to provide safe youth mobility options like walking, biking or riding a scooter.

GHSA, Lyft & Responsibility.org Team Up to Provide Grants to Help States Curb Impaired Driving this Holiday Season

GHSA, in partnership with Lyft and Responsibility.org, has awarded the Colorado, Maryland, Missouri and Texas State Highway Safety Offices (SHSOs) a total of $80,000 in grant funds to support initiatives that promote the use of ride-hailing rather than driving this holiday season.

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