November 22, 2017

Police Targeting Cell Phone Use by Drivers, April 10 – 15, 2014

Texting While Driving
First it was Tim McGraw’s “Highway Don’t Care” on 99.5 the Wolf.  Next it was the Ad Council’s billboard (pictured); and this week’s it’s your local police echoing the angst ridden bumper sticker: “Hang Up and Drive.”

 

If you’ve been slow to listen and quick to talk, this blog’s for you:  Police Targeting Cell Phone Use by Drivers, April 10 – 15, 2014.

Vancouver Police and Clark County Sheriff’s Officers, not to mention Washington State Patrol and many other law enforcement agencies will be targeting distracted drivers who are committing traffic infractions by talking or texting on their hand-held cellular phone.  This is all part of a concerted national campaign with the slogan, “U Drive. U Text. U Pay.”
Specifcally Washington Law states:

 “a person operating a moving motor vehicle while holding a wireless communications device to his or her ear is guilty of a traffic infraction…”

Exceptions include:

·         Using your hand-held phone to:

o   Report Illegal Activity

o   Call for Medical help

o   Call for emergency help

o   Prevent injury to a person or property (think reporting the swerving driver in front of you)

·         An infraction for this will cost you money, but will not:

o   Appear on your driving record

o   Be reported to your insurance company.

If you need any advice because you didn’t heed RCW 46.61.667, Tim McGraw, or this local lawyer’s blog, then contact us today.

Of potentially greater significance is if you’re distracted driving leads to an injury or death, you can be charged with Vehicular Assault or Vehicular Homicide (both felonies that we handle, but hope you never need our services for).

 

http://www.columbian.com/news/2014/apr/08/crackdown-on-distracted-driving-washington/#