Proposed Stricter “Distracted Driving” Laws in 2017
A proposed law is being considered in Washington State that would increase distracted driving ticket penalties.
Currently the fine for cell phone use while driving is $124, and it is not reported to your insurance company. The “Text Messaging Law” (RCW 46.61.668) prohibits sending, reading, or writing a text message while driving. The “Cell Phone Law” (RCW 46.61.667) prohibits hand-held wireless communication device use while driving.
This new proposed law would make it illegal to even touch your cell phone while driving. Also the proposed law would increase the penalty fine from $124 to as much as $350 and the second violation would be reported to your insurance, which could potentially increase your insurance rates.
Please call attorney Paul Hanson for additional information on these new laws. (425) 778-7339