Gregoire ok's tougher cell phone driving law - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Gregoire ok's tougher cell phone driving law

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Starting this summer, drivers better use a headset if they're talking on their cell phones. And don't even think about texting your friend. Gov. Chris Gregoire Friday signed into law 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. Starting in June, police can immediately pull over someone for texting or talking without a headset and give them a $124 ticket.

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