"You text, you drive, you pay" that's the message the Washington Traffic Safety Commission is sending to distracted drivers this month as part of “distracted driving awareness month.” Commission Program Director Angie Ward. "This time we are focused on cell phones the worst kind of distraction. It's part of a national emphasis to make sure everyone in Washington knows distracted driving is enforced in the state especially in the month of April."
Ward says drivers using cell phones behind the wheel are not only at a higher risk for a crash but during April you face a greater chance you'll get a ticket."
Nearly 150 law enforcement agencies around the state and in Yakima County are adding patrols looking specifically for those distracted by cell phones while driving. The emphasis patrol is set for April 3-16.