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Wash. Legislature toughens cell phone driving law

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    Wash. House approves tougher texting while driving laws

    OLYMPIA, Wash.- Texting while driving could get you pulled over under a bill approved by the state House.>>
    OLYMPIA, Wash.- Texting while driving could get you pulled over under a bill approved by the state House. The definition of texting under the bill includes reading, writing or sending text messages. The bill also says drivers under 18 can be pulled over for texting or using a cell phone of any kind, even if they're using a headset. There's an exception for emergencies.>>
  • Senate toughens state's cell phone driving law

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    OLYMPIA, Wash. - The Washington Senate has approved a measure that makes it easier for police to pull over drivers who use a cell phone without a handsfree device.>>
    OLYMPIA, Wash. - The Washington Senate has approved a measure that makes it easier for police to pull over drivers who use a cell phone without a handsfree device. In a vote Friday, the Senate passed a bill that makes it a primary offense to be caught holding a cell phone to your ear while driving. That strengthens the state's current law, which only slaps drivers with an extra fine if they are caught holding a cell phone when pulled over for another infraction, such as speeding.>>
  • Using cell phone while driving could become primary offense

    Using cell phone while driving could become primary offense

    DES MOINES, Wash. – A state senator says she plans to introduce a bill this month that, if passed, would make using a cell phone while driving a primary offense. >>
    DES MOINES, Wash. – A state senator says she plans to introduce a bill this month that, if passed, would make using a cell phone while driving a primary offense.  Currently, a driver must commit another traffic violation – like speeding or running a red light – in order to be pulled over and ticketed for using a cell phone.>>
  • Cell phone use while driving more dangerous than previously thought

    Cell phone use while driving more dangerous than previously thought

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    WASHINGTON. - Newly released government documents reveal cell phone use while driving is more dangerous than you were told. >>
    WASHINGTON. - Newly released government documents reveal cell phone use while driving is more dangerous than you were told. Through the Freedom of Information Act, consumer advocacy groups 'Public Citizen' and 'The Center for Auto Safety' released the full findings of government research documents saying talking and texting while driving is a dangerous distraction. The U.S. Transportation Department did not comment on claims the agency withheld data, but released a statement.>>

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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    Spokane Valley, Wash. As a father of four, Justin Hein was not happy that his 12-year-old daughter and five other students walked over a mile from Centennial Middle School to her home last week, “Kind of Frustrated,” said Hein. He continued by saying, “I had no clue that my kid was even nominated or telling to walk home from school with slippery ice, people driving, that aren't watching where they are going,  and trying to watch a cell phone. And I have to worry

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    Spokane Valley, Wash. As a father of four, Justin Hein was not happy that his 12-year-old daughter and five other students walked over a mile from Centennial Middle School to her home last week, “Kind of Frustrated,” said Hein. He continued by saying, “I had no clue that my kid was even nominated or telling to walk home from school with slippery ice, people driving, that aren't watching where they are going,  and trying to watch a cell phone. And I have to worry

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  • One dead, one injured in crash on Highway 395 near Deer Park

    One dead, one injured in crash on Highway 395 near Deer Park

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    DEER PARK, Wash. - Washington State Patrol is investigating a crash on Highway 395 near Deer Park. WSP officials said they were working to rescue two people who were trapped as a result of the crash Friday evening. Troopers said two cars were involved and there are serious injuries.  Highway 395 is blocked in both directions. Traffic is being divert southbound at Owens and northbound at Burrows.  Avoid the area if possible. 

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    DEER PARK, Wash. - Washington State Patrol is investigating a crash on Highway 395 near Deer Park. WSP officials said they were working to rescue two people who were trapped as a result of the crash Friday evening. Troopers said two cars were involved and there are serious injuries.  Highway 395 is blocked in both directions. Traffic is being divert southbound at Owens and northbound at Burrows.  Avoid the area if possible. 

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  • Liquor store clerks shoot armed robbery suspect, fight over gun

    Liquor store clerks shoot armed robbery suspect, fight over gun

    Saturday, February 24 2018 12:27 AM EST2018-02-24 05:27:46 GMT

    TULSA, Okla. - The owner of an Oklahoma liquor store has released graphic surveillance video showing a violent run-in with an armed robber.  KTUL reports that police responded to Forest Acres Liquor Store in Tulsa Thursday evening after the clerk called 911, saying they shot the suspect several times. The suspect took off before officers arrived, but he later showed up at a nearby hospital.  Police identified the suspect as Tyrone Lee, and 

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    TULSA, Okla. - The owner of an Oklahoma liquor store has released graphic surveillance video showing a violent run-in with an armed robber.  KTUL reports that police responded to Forest Acres Liquor Store in Tulsa Thursday evening after the clerk called 911, saying they shot the suspect several times. The suspect took off before officers arrived, but he later showed up at a nearby hospital.  Police identified the suspect as Tyrone Lee, and 

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