In an article I just read in The News Tribune they say that 20 percent of the people they polled say they will continue to use their cell phones while driving. This amidst the fact that Washington has passed a law making talking or texting while driving a primary offense.
If you are seen to be using your cell phone, in an unlawful manner, you can pulled over and fined up to $124. This law goes into effect Thursday June 10th, 2010 and don’t expect there to be any grace period. If you are one of those that are not changing their habits of talking and driving (or texting and driving) you can expect to get pulled over and receive a ticket.
On the plus side the state could sure use the boost in revenue. You should really consider picking up a hands-free headset or bluetooth device that will allow you to take calls without having to handle your phone. And if you just cant do that, pull off into a parking lot to make your call.
What most people don’t realize is that when they glance down at their phone to read that text, see who’s calling, or to fire off a quick text message they are traveling roughly the distance of a football field before they place their eyes back on the road. It only feels like a split second, but that’s all it takes for a pedestrian to step out in front of your car, the car ahead of you to stop suddenly, or a child to dart out into traffic. Text while driving is a car accident waiting to happen.
So if you aren’t persuaded by the prospect of loosing money perhaps you can put your phone down for the ones you love and the loved ones of others. As a personal injury lawyer in Seattle this law couldn’t come at a better time, but it’s sad to hear that 1 in 5 people are more interested in what their friend just posted on FaceBook than the lives of those around them.