Driving While Texting Crackdown
Who among us hasn't hammered out a quick "stuck in traffic, be there asap" on the BlackBerry or cell phone while sitting behind the wheel? In Washington state, that's a $101 DWT - Driving While Texting - starting Jan. 1. The state's governor signed the ban into law on Friday, along with a ban on talking on a cell phone without a handsfree device, effective July 2008.
In both cases, citations for both bans can be issued if the driver is pulled over for another offense first, such as speeding.
Washington joins DC, California, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut with hands-free talking laws. Washington is the first with a text messaging ban - but Oregon and Arizona are reportedly eyeing similar bans.
So what do you think? Are these types of laws unnecessary or overdue? Tell us why.
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