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Over 5,000 Distracted Drivers Stopped Since New Laws Began

Since last July 2017 when Washington State started enforcing stricter distracted driving laws, WSP Troopers have stopped 5,083 drivers for operating a vehicle and holding an electronic device at the same time. That is just over 43 drivers per day. Of these 5,083 distracted drivers, only 770 received citations, with most only receiving a warning. However a WSP spokesman says the grace period of only getting a warning is almost up. WSP will soon ticket ALL distracted drivers. Fines start at $136 and can affect your car insurance rates.