An important safety issue was addressed in Washington state when Governor Gregoire signed the Cell Phone Bill (SB 6345) into law March 26th. Impact of the new law, which went into effect on June 10th:
- It is now a primary offense to be caught holding a cell phone to your ear while driving, or to be reading, writing or sending text messages. (Previously this was only a secondary offense, meaning that you had to be pulled over for another infraction before you could be ticketed for a cell phone violation).
- Additionally, it will now be illegal for drivers with a learner’s permit or an intermediate license (drivers under 18 years old) to use cell phones at all (even with a headset).
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