Greeley To Consider Distracted Driving Laws

A Colorado city is considering laws that would punish distracted driving, including texting while driving.

The Greeley Tribune reports that the Greeley City Council on Tuesday is considering one law that penalizes distracted driving in general and one law that targets cell phone use specifically.

Greeley Police Chief Jerry Garner says distracted driving is a very serious problem that seems to be worsening.

Officer Steve Duus says police see drivers distracted by kids in the back seat, paying more attention to food than the road, applying make-up and even reading books. Garner says one woman fatally crashed into a cyclist while dealing with her McDonald's sack.

Garner says a distracted driving law would allow officers to issue tickets for blatant and dangerous distractions.