In case you forgot, the new distracted driving law kicks into effect in Washington State on July 23rd. As parents we need to be aware of this law for ourselves, but also for our young drivers. Make sure you are having much needed conversations about driving under the influence of electronics and staying safe on the roads.
Here are a few things you should know:
- Texting is already illegal as is holding a cellphone to your ear. The new bill forbids handheld uses – no composing, no reading, no messages, no photography. This includes while at stop signs and red lights.
- You may still use your phone mounted in a dashboard cradle for GPS! You can use “minimal use of your finger” to activate an app. No watching video though!
- 911 calls are legal as are calls between transit employees and dispatchers.
- If you pull off to a location where your vehicle “can safely remain stationary,” then you are permitted to use your device.
- Fine is $136 and jumps to $235 on the second citation
- It is a primary offense.
- A ticket will likely raise your insurance rates. It is a reportable offense.
Interested in the distracted driving laws in your state. Look here and be in the know!