The Washington State Patrol blame a head-on collision on Interstate 5 in Mountlake Terrace, Washington on a Lynnwood man who was distracted while fiddling with his cell phone while driving.
The auto accident occurred around 8am as the man was headed north on the I-5. According to trooper Keith Leary, the man was attempting to put his phone in speaker mode when he lost control, went over the center median and hit a South bound car head-on.
Three people were taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for treatment of “non-life threatening” injuries.
Vehicle code RCW 46.61.667 governs the usage of wireless communications devices like a cell phone while driving. This law requires drivers to use a hands-free device, speaker phone, headset or ear piece. This vehicle code makes it a “secondary offense” which means that an officer can only charger a driver with this infraction if another infraction was involved. The fine is currently $124.
If you’ve been in an accident that you believe may have been caused by a cell phone user, read “What if my accident was caused by someone using a cell phone?”
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