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Proposed law would toughen smartphone ban

Thursday, February 12, 2015by  Jon Osterberg

Lawmakers are targeting Washington drivers who exploit a legal loophole by using smartphones and evading tickets.
   That loophole will now close, if legislators get their way.
   State law bans drivers from sending text messages or holding a cell phone to their ears. But other uses, such as sending emails or browsing the Internet, skirt the explicit language of the law.
   Senate Bill 5656 aims to broaden Washington’s cell phone law to encompass behavior that safety officials say causes distractions and crashes. The new law also would make all such offenses appear on driving records, rather than simply earning an infraction that disappears once the fine is paid.
   Learn more in this Tacoma News Tribune article.

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