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Posted on: July 25, 2017

New Law: No Handheld Phones While Driving

It is now against the law for Washington drivers to use handheld cellphones while they are driving. This includes all electronic devices, even tablets, laptops and video games. 

Tickets for driving while using hand-held electronics will go on your record and be reported to your insurance provider.

No handheld cellphone use while driving:
  • Even when stopped in traffic or at a traffic light
  • No typing messages or accessing information
  • No watching videos or using cameras
You can use your device if you are:
  • Hands-free (such as using Bluetooth) and can start use by a single touch or swipe without holding the phone
  • Parked or out-of-the-flow of traffic
  • Starting your GPS or music before you drive
  • Contacting emergency services
A Driving Under the Influence of Electronics ticket, an E-DUI, is the type of ticket drivers will receive if pulled over for using a handheld electronic device while driving. The cost for receiving an E-DUI increases with each infraction (first E-DUI is $136 and second E-DUI within five years is $234). 

Transit and emergency vehicle drivers are exempt from the law. Two-way radio, citizens band radio or amateur radio equipment are also not included in the law. Drivers of commercial vehicles must follow federal laws.

More information is available online.
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