Beginning Monday, Colorado is banning young drivers from talking on cellular phones while they're behind the wheel — a small step more states are taking in hopes of promoting safety without upsetting voters who can't live without the convenience.
The Colorado law affects teens with restricted licenses — brand-new drivers who must have an adult drive with them for a year. Police can issue a citation only if the driver is stopped for another violation.
This year, 38 states tried to pass legislation restricting cell phones, most focusing on younger drivers and driving while distracted. Bills were passed or are still being considered in 22 states, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures in Denver.
So far, only New York, New Jersey, the District of Columbia and Connecticut prohibit the use of hand-held phones while driving, though other states have adopted limited restrictions for young drivers or school bus drivers.