King County troopers ticketing cell phone users

A Washington State Patrol media release says King County troopers are enforcing the cell phone ban by stopping and ticketing drivers.

According to the WSP, last month, troopers stopped 370 drivers for using a hand-held cell phone and 43 drivers for texting while driving. More than one half of the drivers were issued a ticket which will cost them $124 for using a hand-held device while driving.

Washington state vehicle code RCW 46.61.667 is the statute that prohibits a motorist from driving while talking on a cell phone. Vehicle code 46.61.668 prohibits reading, writing or sending a text message while driving.

Washington’s cell phone ban was effective as of July 1, 2008. The legislature enacted the cell phone laws after the Highway Loss Data Institute cited studies that texting while driving may increase the risk of a car accident by 23 times.

The Washington State Department of Transportation has found that emphasis patrols, whether they are targeting drunken drivers, seat belt violators or cell phone users saves lives.

This information is provided by Seattle Car Accident Lawyer blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents and the family of those killed.

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