Distracted driving penalties could increase statewide - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Distracted driving penalties could increase statewide

Posted: Updated:
OLYMPIA, Wash. -

(AP) - Lawmakers heard emotional testimony this week from people who lost friends and family members in car accidents caused by drivers distracted by their phones. They are among those who want to make it illegal to hold any hand-held device while driving and ensure offenders receive harsher penalties.
    
Measures in the House and the Senate would ban the use of any handheld devices while driving including phones, tablets and other electronic devices that could impair a person's attention while on the road. The proposal would also double the fine; it is currently $136 if caught texting or holding a phone to the ear while driving but can be difficult to prove, according to the Washington State Patrol.
    
Fourteen states currently ban any handheld cell phone use while driving in a car; however, 37 states and D.C. ban all cell phone use by beginner or teen drivers.

(Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

2/10/2017 10:49:30 AM (GMT -8:00)

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • $90M worth of liquid meth found in semi-truck's fuel tank in North Carolina

    $90M worth of liquid meth found in semi-truck's fuel tank in North Carolina

    Sunday, May 20 2018 7:58 PM EDT2018-05-20 23:58:46 GMT

    LINDEN, N.C. - Investigators seized a semi truck on Saturday that had $90.8 million worth of liquid methamphetamine in the driver's side fuel tank. The truck was being handled by 49-year-old Raul Topete Arreola and 48-year-old Aquileo Perez Pineda. Both men have been charged with three counts of trafficking meth.

    >>

    LINDEN, N.C. - Investigators seized a semi truck on Saturday that had $90.8 million worth of liquid methamphetamine in the driver's side fuel tank. The truck was being handled by 49-year-old Raul Topete Arreola and 48-year-old Aquileo Perez Pineda. Both men have been charged with three counts of trafficking meth.

    >>
  • Ohio man walking home from train station followed by pig

    Ohio man walking home from train station followed by pig

    Monday, May 21 2018 8:14 AM EDT2018-05-21 12:14:46 GMT

    NORTH RIDGEVILLE, Ohio - Police in a Cleveland suburb thought they had a drunk on their hands when a man called to report a pig following him home from a train station. A North Ridgeville, Ohio, officer arrived on the scene early Saturday to find the man was very sober and a pig was in fact following him.  

    >>

    NORTH RIDGEVILLE, Ohio - Police in a Cleveland suburb thought they had a drunk on their hands when a man called to report a pig following him home from a train station. A North Ridgeville, Ohio, officer arrived on the scene early Saturday to find the man was very sober and a pig was in fact following him.  

    >>
  • Officials say cougar in fatal attack was shot

    Officials say cougar in fatal attack was shot

    Saturday, May 19 2018 8:37 PM EDT2018-05-20 00:37:36 GMT

    NORTH BEND, Wash. (AP) - Officials in Washington state say a cougar that attacked two men riding bicycles, killing one and injuring the second, has been shot to death. Capt. Alan Myers of the state's Fish & Wildlife Police says agents using a hound-dog tracker shot and killed the cougar shortly before 3 p.m., the Seattle Times reported.

    >>

    NORTH BEND, Wash. (AP) - Officials in Washington state say a cougar that attacked two men riding bicycles, killing one and injuring the second, has been shot to death. Capt. Alan Myers of the state's Fish & Wildlife Police says agents using a hound-dog tracker shot and killed the cougar shortly before 3 p.m., the Seattle Times reported.

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • Cheney teacher's Twitter thread on letting student sleep goes viral

    Cheney teacher's Twitter thread on letting student sleep goes viral

    Monday, May 21 2018 1:39 PM EDT2018-05-21 17:39:57 GMT
    Twitter/@MonteSyrieTwitter/@MonteSyrie

    CHENEY, Wash. - A Cheney High School English teacher let a student sleep in his class last week and the thread on Twitter describing the reason has gone viral.  Monte Syrie tweeted the reason he let the student, Meg, sleep in class last week and the thread caught the attention of many.  The thread reads in its entirety here: 

    >>

    CHENEY, Wash. - A Cheney High School English teacher let a student sleep in his class last week and the thread on Twitter describing the reason has gone viral.  Monte Syrie tweeted the reason he let the student, Meg, sleep in class last week and the thread caught the attention of many.  The thread reads in its entirety here: 

    >>
  • Woman in smiling mugshot faces manslaughter in DUI crash

    Woman in smiling mugshot faces manslaughter in DUI crash

    Monday, May 21 2018 12:32 PM EDT2018-05-21 16:32:03 GMT

    OCALA, Fla. - A Florida woman who flashed a big grin in a mugshot following a car crash and DUI arrest now faces a new charge and prison time after a crash victim died. News outlets report 44-year-old Angenette Marie Welk didn't smile when a new mugshot was taken Saturday at the Marion County Jail in Ocala. 

    >>

    OCALA, Fla. - A Florida woman who flashed a big grin in a mugshot following a car crash and DUI arrest now faces a new charge and prison time after a crash victim died. News outlets report 44-year-old Angenette Marie Welk didn't smile when a new mugshot was taken Saturday at the Marion County Jail in Ocala. 

    >>
  • Frontier passenger arrested after reportedly groping woman then urinating on the seat in front of him

    Frontier passenger arrested after reportedly groping woman then urinating on the seat in front of him

    Monday, May 21 2018 12:13 PM EDT2018-05-21 16:13:00 GMT

    DENVER - A passenger aboard a Frontier Airlines flight was taken away in handcuffs last week after passengers say he grabbed two women during the flight and then peed on the seat in front of him.  The flight was heading from Denver to Charleston and witnesses say the unidentified man had been drinking heavily when he grabbed a woman seated next to him.  

    >>

    DENVER - A passenger aboard a Frontier Airlines flight was taken away in handcuffs last week after passengers say he grabbed two women during the flight and then peed on the seat in front of him.  The flight was heading from Denver to Charleston and witnesses say the unidentified man had been drinking heavily when he grabbed a woman seated next to him.  

    >>