New Distracted Driving Law Effective July 23
July 21, 2017 - Beginning Sunday, July 23,it will be against the law for Washington drivers to use hand-held cell phones while they are driving. This includes all electronic devices, even tablets, laptops and video games. Tickets for driving while using hand-held electronics will go on a driver's record and be reported to insurance providers.
City vehicles and employees will be following the new regulations and the City encourages all residents to learn the new law -- patrols will be in effect.
No Hand-Held Cell Phone Use While Driving:
- Even when stopped in traffic or at a traffic light
- No typing messages or accessing information
- No watching videos or using cameras
You CAN Use Your Device If You Are:
- Hands-free (such as using Bluetooth) and can start use by a single touch or swipe, without holding the phone
- Parked or out-of-the-flow of traffic
- Starting your GPS or music before you drive
- Contacting emergency services
Fines for Electronics DUI (E-DUI) Tickets:
A Driving Under the Influence of Electronics ticket (E-DUI) costs $136 for the first offense, and $234 for a second offense within 5 years.