WA Cell Phone Law 2010

"Less talking, more watching signs like this one! Cell phone law June 10, 2010 keeps drivers on task."

The date to remember:  June 10, 2010!  Any licensed driver talking or sending text messages with a wireless device will elicit a $124.00 fine in the state of Washington.  This legislation – as signed by Gov. Christine Gregoire – makes cell phone use while driving a primary traffic offense.  New drivers with permits or intermediate licenses are not permitted to use wireless devices at all, except in emergency situations.  Quick facts that drove this new law into place:  a driver talking on a cell phone is as impaired as a driver with .08 blood-alcohol levels;  a driver texting on a cell phone is as impaired as a driver with .16 blood-alcohol levels (double the legal limit); a driver talking on a cell phone is half a second slower to hit the brakes in emergencies; and drivers talking on a cell phone miss more than half the visual cues noted by non-distracted drivers.  With the added elements of rain and slick in the NW, aiming to make the roads safer in any way can only be a good thing, now$124.00 at a time!  Cheers to safe driving!

Marybeth Cicirello * 206.214.6556 * marybeth.cicirello@exprealty.com * Downtown Seattle Real Estate

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6 Responses to WA Cell Phone Law 2010

  1. Justin W. Richards June 1, 2010 at 3:28 pm #

    Take note… June 10th is just around the corner

  2. Gabe June 1, 2010 at 3:40 pm #

    For underage drivers: Can I use my iPhone on airplane mode to listen to music (used as an iPod?)
    Someone told me that I can't have my phone even in the car???? That if it is in the car, it has to be in the glovebox.
    Where can I clarify this?

  3. Marybeth Cicirello June 2, 2010 at 11:52 pm #

    Hi Gabe-Everyone all ages can be pulled over and ticketed for being seen holding a cell phone in a car…which I would interpret as “fiddling” with a wireless device, even if you're playing music on the iphone or checking facebook. Permits & Intermediate drivers are not allowed to use any wireless devices at all (for any reason). I haven't seen comments about cell phones needing to be in glove compartments, but that's not a bad idea. Here's a link to our Department of Licensing that may be helpful regarding the new law. http://www.dol.wa.gov/driverslicense/distracted

  4. Marybeth Cicirello June 2, 2010 at 11:54 pm #

    Cheers, Justin! I don't know about you…but I'm FINALLY going to have to break down and use a bluetooth…I guess I'll have to get used to it! Take care, safe driving!~

  5. Ford Country June 7, 2010 at 1:39 pm #

    Get your Blue tooth before June 10, 2010. New Law in effect if you are talking or texting on your phone while driving. You can be pulled over and receive $124 ticket.

  6. Vancouver Ford June 7, 2010 at 1:44 pm #

    New Law in effect if you are talking or texting on your phone while driving. You can be pulled over and receive $124 ticket.