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Don’t Spill The Coffee: How To Navigate WA’s New Distracted Driving Law

Distracted driving is a serious problem. As Washington drivers become acquainted with the state’s new law, they also become more familiarized with the idea that distraction may lead to serious if not deadly accidents.

Still, there’s a great deal of confusion regarding the state’s new rules and how drivers should proceed to make sure they are safe and out of trouble with law enforcement. And the upset is so widespread that it prompted 30,000 Washingtonians to sign a petition against the new rules.

One of the problems many brought up was that the new law would forbid them from drinking and eating while behind the wheel. However, the Washington State Patrol already clarified what the law means by saying that eating and drinking are still allowed — unless the activity affects the way you drive.

However, if you’re on your phone, a trooper may now pull you over regardless of how well you’re driving. Still, drivers will only be ticketed for eating or drinking while driving if the extra activity is affecting your driving capabilities.

According to WSP troopers, if you’re driving erratically and your car is all over the road and speeding while you’re drinking your coffee, then officers will stop you. While you can still drink your coffee or finish your breakfast while driving to work in the morning, troopers want you to do so safely.

The only time a driver in Washington is allowed to use his or her phone is if they absolutely have to contact emergency by dialing 911. Any other reason will probably land you in hot waters as officers will pull you over.

These measures are important because the rate of car accidents in Seattle and elsewhere in the state is scaring officials and safety advocates. If drivers aren’t aware of the risks associated with distracted driving, they will continue to be distracted whether by their phones or other activities. So what this new law helps to do is to raise awareness to how widespread distracted driving is that drivers must ask themselves whether the activities they are performing can lead to problems.

Distracted Driving Accident Victims Should Not Stay Silent

Many of our Seattle clients know this: Personal injuries tied to car accidents caused by distracted driving are serious and can change your life dramatically and forever. Motorists must do all they can to avoid this fate and to avoid exposing others to this fate by staying focused at all times.

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