Put Down That Phone And Get Used To Driving Without It
If you talk or text while you’re driving, you’d better get used to not using that phone. Gov. Jay Inslee signed the Distracted Driving measure into law on Tuesday, and it takes effect in mid-July.
Ericka Mascorro, the Distracted Driving Program coordinator of the Washington State Traffic Safety Commission, says new law toughens up the current law, which only bans holding an electronic device to your ear.
Not anymore, Mascorro says. “You can’t put it to your ear. You can’t put it to your ear when you drive. And even though you can touch a device with one finger you can’t text or talk.”
Mascorro says you can still use a hands free phone system. As for a GPS? She says enter the information before you drive and listen to the directions instead of holding and looking at the phone.