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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

    Senate toughens state's cell phone driving law

    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

    Tuesday, July 21 2009 5:47 PM EDT2009-07-21 21:47:08 GMT
    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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    KHQ.COM - More than 100 nail salons in Washington state recently failed safety and sanitation inspections from the Washington State Department of Licensing. If you think these salons are required to post these violations publicly, think again. Unlike restaurants, there's no letter grade at the door that can tell you if the services inside have been deemed safe.

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    KHQ.COM - More than 100 nail salons in Washington state recently failed safety and sanitation inspections from the Washington State Department of Licensing. If you think these salons are required to post these violations publicly, think again. Unlike restaurants, there's no letter grade at the door that can tell you if the services inside have been deemed safe.

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  • Police: Driver was going 2x the speed limit in deadly crash

    Police: Driver was going 2x the speed limit in deadly crash

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    SPOKANE, Wash. - What sounded like an accident has now led to charges against the woman who was behind the wheel. The driver of Tuesday night's deadly crash is being investigated for DUI and vehicular homicide. Detectives say around 9:30 p.m. a man was struck and killed by a driver as he tried to cross the street near 3rd and Liberty Park Place.   Court documents released Wednesday show that the driver, 50-year-old Tamila Lindsly, 

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    SPOKANE, Wash. - What sounded like an accident has now led to charges against the woman who was behind the wheel. The driver of Tuesday night's deadly crash is being investigated for DUI and vehicular homicide. Detectives say around 9:30 p.m. a man was struck and killed by a driver as he tried to cross the street near 3rd and Liberty Park Place.   Court documents released Wednesday show that the driver, 50-year-old Tamila Lindsly, 

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  • PHOTOS: All lanes of I-90 reopen after semi-truck loses load in downtown Spokane

    PHOTOS: All lanes of I-90 reopen after semi-truck loses load in downtown Spokane

    Wednesday, April 25 2018 6:25 PM EDT2018-04-25 22:25:01 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Jim Martin Trucking LLC out of Hayden, Idaho confirmed with KHQ the driver of the semi-truck involved in Wednesday's crash on I-90 in downtown Spokane is okay and is cooperating with Troopers. The driver, who was hauling crushed cars, says he was cut off by another car, which he says started the chain reaction that caused the crash. 

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    SPOKANE, Wash. - Jim Martin Trucking LLC out of Hayden, Idaho confirmed with KHQ the driver of the semi-truck involved in Wednesday's crash on I-90 in downtown Spokane is okay and is cooperating with Troopers. The driver, who was hauling crushed cars, says he was cut off by another car, which he says started the chain reaction that caused the crash. 

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