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Washington's New Cell Phone Law

Washington State Speeding and Traffic Ticket Lawyers.

The Law Offices of Jason S. Newcombe

Important changes for drivers effective January 1, 2008

As of January 1, 2008, any driver who uses an electronic wireless device to send, read, or write a text message while driving is guilty of a traffic infraction. A citation of $124 can be issued for these text violations.

The only exceptions to the new law are if you are operating an emergency vehicle, reporting illegal activity, or it is an emergency.

On July 1, 2008, the new "cell phone" use while driving law took effect. It significantly restricts cell phone use while driving. All cell phone use must be "hands free".

You are allowed to use a phone in “hands-free mode”; however, holding any wireless communication device to your ear while driving will be a traffic infraction for which you can be sited.