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Wash. Legislature toughens cell phone driving law

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OLYMPIA, Wash. - The Washington state Legislature has approved a measure that makes it easier for police to ticket people who are driving while either texting or talking on a cell phone without a headset.
     
On a 60-37 vote Thursday, the House passed a bill that makes it a primary offense to be caught holding a cell phone to your ear while driving, or to be reading, writing or sending text messages.

That strengthens the state's current secondary offense law for both, which only slaps drivers with an extra fine if they are pulled over for another infraction, such as speeding.
     
The measure now goes to Gov. Chris Gregoire for her signature.

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