Washington State Senator Tracey Eide has introduced a bill which would make using hands-held cell phones or texting while driving a primary offense. The current Washington law, RCW 46.61.668 “Sending, Reading, or Writing a Text Message While Driving” makes texting or using a hands-held cell phone while driving a secondary offense which means that law enforcement can not ticket motorists for the infraction unless they are stopped for another offense like speeding, running a red light, etc.
Distracted driving is a serious issue but as long as it is only a secondary offense, many drivers don’t take the ban seriously and ignore it altogether.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration there were 5,870 car accident deaths last year and 515,000 were injured in accidents attributed to distracted driving. In fact it is believe d that distracted driving was involved in 16% of all fatal car accidents.
This information is provided by Seattle Car Accident Lawyer blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously inured in car accidents caused by distracted drivers. See “What if my car accident was caused by someone using a cell phone?”