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Posts made in July, 2017

By on Jul 21, 2017 in Communication, Court, DUI, Traffic Ticket | 0 comments

Going into effect on Sunday July 23, 2017, Washington just enacted a comprehensive law aimed at reducing accidents and fatalities caused by distracted drivers. This law prohibits drivers from using electronic devices while driving. The new law vastly expands what’s defined as “using” the device, and increases the penalties too. If you don’t want to get ticketed by the new distracted driving law, read on for details. The idea behind the law is that driving should take someone’s full attention. The most common distraction for drivers is my daughter kicking the back of the seat and the center console and then trying to take the pacifier out of her brother’s mouth and while we’re dealing with that she’ll kick her shoes towards the front of the car their cell phones, so the law makes interacting with a cell phone in almost any way an infraction. Since this is such a big change here’s an FAQ on the new law: Q: What is prohibited under this law? A: Under the law, a driver cannot operate a personal electronic device while driving. A “personal electronic device” is any portable electronic device that can do something wirelessly or can retrieve data stored on it. Examples include cell phones, personal DVD players, video game players, tablets, messaging devices, etc.  Operating the device means using it or viewing it in any way, even passively. Somebody queueing up a video for you to watch is still a violation. In addition, even if you are using your hands to type, i.e. keeping your eyes on the road, this constitutes operating the device and is a violation.  Most importantly, the law prohibits these actions even while stopped at a stop sign or red light. Q: Are there exceptions? A: A few. Once you’re safely pulled over to the side of the road you can operate whatever you want. You may briefly touch a button or use your voice (“Hey Siri”) to turn on voice-only operations. Likewise, devices that are designed for hands-free use are permitted to be briefly operated to turn them on. And any built-in devices in your car, including hands-free options, scrolling menus on your car’s dash, and your radio, may continue to be used. This also includes add-ons designed to...

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