Is it illegal to enter a destination into a GPS unit while driving in Colorado?

 

I was reading a news article about about the progress of a bill in the Alabama legislature that proposes to ban texting while driving. On page 2 of the article, the author reported the following:

“On Jan. 1, 2010, in Colorado a law banning the manual entry of data into electronic devices while driving went into effect.
By March 1, there had been 336 citations issued statewide, said Trooper Nate Reid, a spokesman for the Colorado Department of Public Safety's highway patrol division.
The violation is considered a misdemeanor traffic offense. The law covers entering cellphone numbers, texting and even putting a destination into a GPS unit, Reid said.” (Emphasis added)

http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/article/20110320/NEWS/10...

Can anyone verify this? If so, is it enforced or enforceable?

(I searched but did not find any information here or on the net other than the article quoted.)

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That makes sense to me. It's basically the same thing... entering texts while driving distracts you.

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Michael (Nuvi 2639LMT)

There aught to be a law!

Speaking to someone is distracting. Carrying children in a car is distracting. When will it end?

Illegal in Ontario

It's illegal in Ontario and I'd guess it's illegal anyplace else that they have distracted driving laws.

When we're on a trip, I turn my NUVI 350 into voice command by relaying instructions to my wife. It's "Dear, please press", "Where To-my Locations-Custom Pois etc"

Seems to work, but find putting "Dear" and "Please" into the initial commands, seems to make it work better. I figure it's something in my wife's firmware, or software. wink

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simple

jjen wrote:

Speaking to someone is distracting. Carrying children in a car is distracting. When will it end?

It will never ends. Politicians are not using anything even close to common sense. They only know how to please this or that group of voters. And you always will found group of people who will demand new laws to save "children, dogs, trees, rivers, etc.". Lenin had for them very accurate name: "useful idiots". And as long as idiots exist you can expect new laws from politicians. Especially if there is a good chance to make good amount of money from new law.

There is only one case when politicians are firmly against new law. It happens when new law limits power of said politicians or any form of government.

that makes absolute sense.

that makes absolute sense. i'll admit i've been distracted while entering data. same as texting.

I was the victim of a distracted driver in Panama City, FL

The driver of the car that hit my vehicle admitted to the police officer that he was looking at "a couple of bikini clad babes". However, I am not for outlawing the wearing of bikinis in beach towns even if it is a significant distraction for most male drivers!

Nor am I for banning such things as eating hamburgers, drinking Cokes, operating cd players, listening to the radio, putting on makeup, talking to someone, or punching buttons on a GPS in moving vehicles...although all could easily be considered distractions for most drivers.

The truth is that most people, even those who want to ban cell phones, are really quite skilled at multi-tasking while driving.

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Biker Killed in Illinois by Distracted Driver

Last year we had a woman admit to painting her nails when she ran into a woman biker waiting at a red light. The biker didn't stand a chance.

We can't legislate against being stupid. Distracted driving offense should suffice for any observing cop.

Maybe some high tech solutions, such as having cell phones block texting reception or transmission while a vehicle is in gear would help protect us. Cell phones could also disable the mike and speaker while in gear, forcing the use of hands free devices. But I don't think we could put a safety lock on a bottle of nail polish or a burger.

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I think that a police

I think that a police officer sees you doing anything that could be a distraction while driving will result in some kind of citation. I don't like being on the phone or entering locations in my gps but sometimes I have to. I just make sure that I still aware of road and traffic conditions and keep such activities as short as possible. I don't even like a loud radio or cd in a vehicle. Along my with my phone and gps, I have second phone and 2 two way radios to deal with. I wonder if the two way radios are illegal to use

I wish it was true...

peter5560 wrote:

I think that a police officer sees you doing anything that could be a distraction while driving will result in some kind of citation....

I wish it was true. I see plenty of people drinking their coffee in the car, smoking, doing their makeup, talking on their cell, reading newspaper, etc... and even sometimes a combination of activities such as shifting speed on a manual transmission car while smoking and talking on their cell phone.

I guess

I guess no one here lives in Colorado and/or knows to comment? I don't live there myself but a search of their government and State Patrol web sites shows only laws regarding cell phone use, as near as I can tell.

http://www.colorado.gov/cs/Satellite?blobcol=urldata&blobhea...

http://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&q=cache:tOxMH8ccu48J:csp.s...

and the official statute
http://www.michie.com/colorado/lpext.dll?f=FifLink&t=documen...

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