May 19, 2017
by Megan Vaniman

Washington passes strict distracted driving law

Hopefully you are reading this blog post from the safety of your computer and not while driving. If you are using your cell phone to read this while on your morning commute, you could be violating a newly passed Washington Law. Governor Jay Inslee signed a measure that will prohibit Washington drivers from holding an electronic device while driving. Current law in Washington only prohibits texting or holding a phone to the ear while driving. The expanded law prohibits drivers from holding an electronic device while driving, including while in traffic or waiting for a traffic light. This means, no checking Facebook, no reading or sending emails, or using apps. Drivers are allowed to minimally use a finger to activate, deactivate or initiate a function of an electronic device. Violation of the law will result in a $136 fine for a first offense and $235 for a second offense.  The law does exempt use of an electronic device to contact emergency services. The law goes into effect mid-July.

Please always practice safe driving.