Texting while driving fines jump from $50 to $300 after new bill is signed.
Governor John Hickenlooper will sign into law Thursday a bill that would increase the penalty for texting while driving.
At least 15,000 crashes in 2015 were attributable to distracted driving.
Last year over 600 people died on Colorado roadways in a historic year for traffic deaths.
The bill by Democratic Sen. Lois Court passed 34-1 Friday and heads to the House.
Texting and driving could soon cost Coloradans a lot more money if a bill filed in the Legislature passes.
Cell phone video of a driver on I-25 in Colorado is highlighting the dangers of distracted driving.
Greeley is considering laws that would punish distracted driving, including texting while driving.
Colorado drivers can expect to see more troopers on the roadways this weekend looking for distracted drivers.
The driver in a crash in Denver was cited with driving under restraint, driving without insurance and careless driving.
Police say the driver may have also been under the influence of alcohol or drugs.