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Gazette Premium Content Colorado bill limiting cellphones in cars stalls

Associated Press - Updated: March 12, 2014 at 6:11 pm

DENVER — New restrictions on cellphone use while driving stalled in the Colorado House as lawmakers wrestled with emotional testimony and the logistics of enforcing the proposal.

A bill that would've required drivers to use a hands-free device to use their cellphones failed to gain enough votes to clear its first committee Wednesday. But lawmakers did not rule out considering the proposal later.

The votes came after hours of testimony, including that of Shelley Forney, whose 9-year-old daughter was killed in 2008 by a distracted driver. Forney cried and showed lawmakers a picture of her daughter with the words, "No call or text is worth a life."

Some lawmakers wanted the bill to have stiffer penalties for offenders. Others expressed concern that the bill would be difficult to enforce as written.

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