(Feb. 26) – A bill modernizing Colorado’s proof of insurance coverage laws passed the House unanimously today.
HB13-1159, sponsored by Rep. Paul Rosenthal (D-Denver), will allow consumers to use their smartphones or other electronic devices to prove insurance coverage in case of an accident or traffic stop. The proposal protects law enforcement from liability while they are checking the device and protects consumers from unwarranted searches of the device by law enforcement.
Rep. Rosenthal said he worked closely with all stakeholders including insurers, law enforcement and district attorneys.
“This is a common-sense proposal to bring our laws into the 21st century,” Rep. Rosenthal said. “Consumers will be able to avoid costly tickets, law enforcement will find more drivers are insured, and fewer cases will go through an already overloaded court system.”