WSP: No warnings for distracted driving infractions
Monday, May 17 2010 - The Hopper | Permalink
The Washington State Patrol has announced there will be no warnings issued for violations of the state's new distracted driving law when it takes effect June 10.
On that day, driving while using a hand held cell phone will become a primary offense and violators can be stopped for that alone. Currently, they must first be spotted for another infraction, such as speeding.
But Sen. Tracey Eide, D-Federal Way, successfully sought to toughen the law during this year's legislative session. Violators are fined $124 for each offense.
In the agency press release, WSP Chief John Batiste said it's clear many abusers of the law have been fully aware they couldn't be stopped for driving while using a hand-held cell phone alone. He said there's no need to wait for stronger enforcement of the new law since such activity has been illegal for almost two years now.