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Attention Drivers: Hands Free Law Takes Effect Thursday

SPOKANE, Wash. – Washington State's new "hands free" cell phone law starts this Thursday, allowing law enforcement authorities to issue citations for drivers who talk on their cell phone while they drive.

The legislation makes talking while driving a primary offense. Until June 10th, law enforcement authorities can issue a citation for talking on the phone if a driver is pulled over for another violation first.

Several stores in the Spokane area have reported an increase in hands free devices as the new law approaches.

"We probably helped 20 or 30 people this weekend," said Rich Mickey from Car Toys in North Spokane.

Car Toys ran a promotion over Memorial Day weekend giving away free wired headsets and offering $15 credits to customers wanting to buy a wireless headset. The promotion ended Monday.

Mickey said earpiece styles are the most popular among customers, but speakerphone options which attach to car visors will also be in compliance with the law.

The Washington State Patrol has said they plan to enforce the law the moment it goes into effect and without any grace period for drivers.        

*This web story was filed by Anthony Gomes

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