Put the phone away, it’s the law

It has been more than three years since Washington’s cell phone law came into effect. If police see you holding a phone to your ear or texting while driving, they can pull you over. The fine is $124 and can be more if you cause a crash.

Washington’s Text Messaging Law (RCW 46.61.668) prohibits sending, reading or writing a text message while driving.

Washington’s Cell Phone Law (RCW 46.61.667) prohibits hand-held wireless communication device use while driving.

In an emergency situation, drivers are permitted to use a cellphone.

Drivers should assess the necessity to use a cell phone while driving and should consider pulling over to a safe place off of the road if possible.

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