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Washington State to enforce vigorously new Texting & Driving ban

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  1. Fire14

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    Washington State Bans Texting While Driving

    The Washington State Patrol says that it plans to vigorously enforce the US state's new law against sending text messages while driving. The new law came into effect yesterday.

    "Texting while driving was always a bad idea," said WSP Chief John R. Batiste. "Things happen too fast on the highway to take your eyes off the road long enough to read or type a message."

    Because texting while driving is a secondary violation, troopers cannot stop drivers if they see it occurring. But it could mean drivers end up with two tickets instead of just one.

    "When we see other driving errors, such as weaving or unsafe lane changes, we will not hesitate to write a second citation under the texting law if that contributed to the first violation," Batiste said.

    "There is no driver on the road skilled enough to drive and text at the same time," Batiste noted. "Especially not a teenager with only a year or two of driving experience."

    The law requiring the use of hands free devices while talking on a mobile phone goes into effect on July 1, and the state patrol says that it will be enforced with similar vigor.

    Washington State Bans Texting While Driving
     
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    Anyone have a list of which states have an official ban on texting while driving to date? I know WI does not have one yet.

    Thanks :)
     
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    — PRACTICE SAFE TEXT — abstain!
     
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    LOL, I didn't say I text while I drove, I was just curious which States had this implemented. You are right ofcourse people shouldn't text while driving even if it is not a law.
     
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    ;) Just teasin of course.
     
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    That is so correct! Well said.
     
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    I don't know about that abstaining somethings are hard to keep away from but I guess texting while driving is an easy choice to abstain from.

    Charlyee you know you did admit to texting & flying so what's to say you don't text & drive too? :p

    I thought I saw something in an article but not sure if it was talking & driving or texting & driving I will look for it & post it if I find it.
     
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    Charlyee from my research only WA has it officially banned and NY is trying to pass the same ban.
    Now if you count CA's ban for teens with no handheld devices including iPods then you can say 2 officially don't allow it.
     

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