Thousands of vehicles drive on Colorado's streets each day, headed for different destinations across the state. Being a responsible motorist means abiding by Colorado's traffic laws and regulations. This also helps keep the roadways as safe as possible for the many people using them.

Running a red light, not wearing a seatbelt, or speeding through a school zone are some obvious reasons why a driver could get pulled over and ticketed by police. However, other traffic infractions in Colorado are either lesser known or maybe a little confusing to understand.

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For example, most drivers are aware that following too closely to another vehicle could result in a penalty - but just how close is too close?

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According to, in Colorado, the driver of a motor vehicle shall not follow another vehicle more closely than is reasonable and prudent. "Reasonable and prudent" depends on the following factors: traffic conditions, road and highway conditions, and the speeds of the vehicles involved. The circumstances are always examined on a case-by-case basis

Colorado Law C.R.S. 42-4-1008 also states that drivers must allow sufficient space between each vehicle or combination of vehicles, so as to enable any other vehicle to enter and occupy such space without danger. This applies to cars and trucks that are towing another vehicle too.

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Any person who violates the laws of following too closely is committing a Class A traffic infraction, which means it is a civil penalty. Civil Penalty traffic citations are classified as non-criminal.

In Colorado, punishments for tailgating another vehicle range from a fine of $15 to $100, plus court costs and surcharges. A following too closely ticket could also result in 4 points getting docked from your driver's license. Depending on the situation, it could cause a rise in insurance rates and even a potential lawsuit, especially if injuries occur. In some cases, people who are guilty of following too closely are also charged with careless driving, which is classified as a criminal offense.

It should be noted that in Colorado, the "following too closely" law does not apply to funeral processions. However, other forms of caravans and motorcades being driven upon any roadway outside of a business or residence district could face a penalty.

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We all know that we need laws and law enforcement to keep our communities civilized. But it's amazing how many outdated laws are still on the books across our beautiful country.

After looking at OutThere Colorado and Uncover Colorado I put together a list of ridiculous laws that are still in effect here in the state that we call home.

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