On July 23, a new state law will take affect that bans using a hand-held cell phone while you are driving. The ban also includes use while stopped at traffic or at a traffic light, typing messages or accessing the internet or information on the phone and watching videos or using cameras.
You can use a hand-held device in your car in the following situations,
· With a hands-free device such as Bluetooth.
· You can operate the device with a single touch or swipe without holding it.
· Parked or out-of-the-flow of traffic.
· Starting your GPS or music before you start driving.
· Contacting emergency services.
Violators can be given a ticket that costs $136 for the first offense and $234 for a second offense (within 5 years).
Washington Traffic Safety Commission:
Here are some ideas about devices that might make phone use in your car safer,
The Seattle Times: