What driver infraction is committed every 12 minutes in Colombia?
Although being distracted while driving in Colombia is not against the law, looking at a cell phone screen while behind the wheel is.
Despite being one of the most dangerous and irresponsible things a driver can do, this is the most committed infraction by motorists in Colombia (once every 12 minutes), according to the country’s road safety agency.
When a driver is not concentrated on the road, the risk of an accident quadruples and according to the World Health Organization, a car can advance at least 200km in 15 seconds when traveling at 50km/h.
In 2022, the fine for talking or texting on a cell phone in Colombia is 500,000 pesos (US$121). Paying your fine can be done face-to-face or online and discounts apply for those paying within 5 working days.
Drivers with hands free audio systems are exempt.