Thanks to legislation passed last year, Colorado drivers caught texting while driving will now have four points added to their driving record — meaning fewer violations are needed before a driver’s license is suspended.
In fact, depending on the circumstances, some younger drivers may lose their licenses after only two texting-while-driving citations. Since every age group is different, however, we encourage you to read on to find out how many tickets are needed before your license is at risk.
Younger drivers need to be extra careful
In Colorado, point-related suspensions in general are based on age:
Drivers Under The Age Of 18 — Their license will be suspended if they receive:
- 6 points within a 12-month period
- 7 points or more at any time before turning 18
Drivers Aged 18 To 21 — Their license will be suspended if they receive:
- 9 points or more within a 12-month period
- 12 points or more within a 24-month period
- 14 points or more at any point after turning 18
Drivers Aged 21 And Older — Their license will be suspended if they receive:
- 12 points or more within a 12-month period
- 18 points or more within a 24-month period
Therefore, now that texting-while driving adds four points to a person’s driving record, drivers under the age of 18 can lose their licenses after only two violations within a 12-month period. All other drivers risk losing their license after only three violations.
Obviously, lawmakers in Colorado have gotten very serious about texting while driving, meaning drivers need to be careful when behind the wheel. Either put the phone down or risk losing your driving privileges.