PAY ATTENTION - "No More Excuses"

Be Prepared Starting July 23

Beginning this Sunday, it will be against the law for Washington drivers to use hand-held cell phones while 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 hand-held cell phone 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 of a finger 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 hand-held electronic device while driving. The cost for receiving an E-DUI increases with each infraction. All violations will be available to your insurance company. The first E-DUI is $136; the second E-DUI (within 5 years) increases to $234. 

    For more information, visit Target Zero

    Kirk Esmond