I Drive Colorado / Yo Manejo Colorado
“I DRIVE COLORADO” is a coalition of pro-immigrant organizations helped pass the Eligibility Colorado Road And Community Safety Act of 2018. It followed the Colorado Road and Community Safety Act, SB-251, to increase access to driver’s licenses in Colorado. The Colorado Road and Community Safety Act, SB-251, provided drivers licenses to all Colorado residents, regardless of immigration status. In August of 2014, five Department of Motor Vehicle offices implemented the program, each offering 31 appointments per day. The SB-251 program has provided documents to nearly 45,000 Coloradans, however, there are major inefficiencies resulting from the initial legislation. In 2019, the coalition of pro-immigrant organizations seeks to increase access to rural Coloradans. AGRICULTURAL AND RURAL LEADERS ARE CALLING FOR SAFER ROADS
- Across the agricultural sector, farmers and producers have seen the economic benefits of SB-251 licences. In fact, the Colorado Dairy Farmers supported 2018’s HB-1206, recognizing the benefits for its rural workforce. Rural health advocates have also noted the importance of increasing transportation access in some of the most isolated areas of the state. The Tri-County Health Network in southwest Colorado endorsed the legislation, arguing that transportation barriers are one the greatest challenges facing rural health care consumers.