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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AV legislation

Authorizes full deployment with a human operator.

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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 Universal helmet law repealed 1977.

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Provisions for Mature Drivers

61 and over: renewal every 5 years
66 and over: no electronic renewal, mail renewal requires passage of vision exam within the prior 6 months

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Length of Regular Renewal Cycle

10 years

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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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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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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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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 yrs and under 20 lbs in rear-facing seat in rear seat if available
1-3 yrs and 20-40 lbs in child safety seat
4-7 yrs in booster seat

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Adult Safety Belt Permissible

8-15 yrs

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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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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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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?

No

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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

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