New cellphone, text law starts Thursday

New cellphone, text law starts Thursday

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New cellphone, text law starts Thursday

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by Associated Press

NWCN.com

Posted on June 6, 2010 at 4:37 PM

EVERETT, Wash. - Starting Thursday, law enforcement officers statewide can stop and ticket drivers for speaking on the phone while holding it to an ear or texting while driving.

Next week, a beefed up new cell phone law kicks in. Lawmakers this past session made talking on the cell phone without a device and texting a primary offense. Drivers are now required to use devices that would make them "hands-free" while they use their phones.

No compliance means a $124 ticket. The Washington State Patrol has said there will be no grace period.

But the state Department of Licensing and State Patrol are starting a campaign Monday to get the word out on the new law.

In 2009, the Herald of Everett reported, State Patrol issued 1,607 tickets to drivers talking on their cell phone and another 236 for texting.

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