The new Washington state distracted driving law goes into effect July 23. Breaking this law could result in a $136 ticket (subsequent offenses within a five-year period jump to $235) or worse – a collision. Not sure what is and is not okay? We’ve laid it out for you.
Drivers may not use hand-held cell phones or other devices (phones, laptops, tablets, games) when…
Stuck in traffic
Or at a stoplight.
But what about my maps? And my tunes?
Watching video, starting GPS and starting music is illegal while driving. Set up everything you’ll need for your trip before putting your car into gear.
Bluetooth is ok!
Hands-free use, such as through Bluetooth, is allowed as is a single touch to start a function.
Research shows that phone conversations reduce visual attention. Pass your phone to the passenger, put it in the glove box, or turn it off before you drive.
Want more details on the new distracted driving law? Visit wadrivetozero.com/distracted-driving.
Originally posted on July 11, 2017.