Driving in Colorado, with its breathtaking views is a blessing for drivers but it can also be distracting, leading to unexpected accidents. To make sure you and your vehicle are protected on the roads, you must have quality car insurance.
Failure to have proper car insurance may result in a suspension of a driver’s license, or worse.
In the state of Colorado, it is illegal to drive any motor vehicle without proof of insurance or financial responsibility. The driver must maintain proof of continuous insurance throughout the registration period. The penalties for driving without car insurance in Colorado include:
Four points on your license.
According to the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies, Colorado‘s car insurance laws require all drivers to present proof of liability insurance when they register their vehicle. Colorado vehicle owners with cars registered in their name must be able to certify that they have insurance and that it meets state minimum requirements. The minimum amount of liability insurance required by Colorado law is as follows:
Additional coverage, such as medical payment coverage, uninsured motorist coverage, comprehensive and collision are available, but not required.
Colorado has made DUI enforcement a top priority with a commitment to reducing alcohol-related injuries and deaths. Police and sheriff’s agencies statewide, the Colorado State Patrol and Colorado State Parks participate in aggressive and intensive enforcement efforts, including sobriety checkpoints, increased numbers of DUI officers on the road, and heavy saturation patrols in problem-areas.
Colorado law prohibits a person from driving a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs or while the person’s ability to drive is impaired by alcohol or drugs.
Colorado law allows for a DUI conviction of a driver with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or higher, regardless of whether driving ability was actually impaired.
Drivers in Colorado are also subject to an “implied consent” law, which allows the state to convict a driver who refuses a breathalyzer or blood test when suspected of a DUI. Penalties for violating this law are generally a 1-2-year revocation of driving privileges.
The punishments for a DUI in Colorado are:
The state of Colorado currently does not have a full ban on cell phone use for all drivers. However, novice drivers under the age of 18 are prohibited from using a cell phone in any manner (talking, texting, playing games, etc.) while driving.
Violators can be fined $50.00 plus a $6.00 surcharge for a First Offense: $100.00 plus a $6.00 surcharge for a Second Offense. Colorado also has a texting while driving ban for all drivers. It is a minor misdemeanor and violators could face a fine up to $100.
Colorado‘s cell phone and texting laws are “primary” laws. An officer can pull you over for the offense without witnessing some other violation.
Colorado SR-22 insurance documents are required for drivers who have been convicted of driving without auto insurance. You may be required to file an SR-22 when you reinstate from specific suspensions and/or revocations. The SR-22 requires the insurance company to notify the DMV of any policy cancellation. The SR-22 form is not an insurance policy.
If you don’t keep the SR-22 current, the insurance company will notify the Motor Vehicle Division that the SR-22 is no longer in effect but is still required. Your driver’s license will be suspended for that reason alone.
An SR-22 form may need to be filed for three years with the DMV, showing proof of financial responsibility. This filing is usually required after the suspension of your driving privileges has been lifted. Your insurer can electronically file SR-22 insurance documents to the state of Colorado for drivers that are required to keep and show valid auto liability insurance.
More information on additional costs and frequently asked questions for purchasing a new policy can be found on our commonly asked questions page.