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Put that phone down behind the wheel; it will be the law Sunday

The new E-DUI law takes effect Sunday July 23. You will have to resist the urge to pick up your cell phone while driving. (Photo: KOMO News)

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- The countdown has begun.

The new E-DUI law takes effect Sunday July 23. You will have to resist the urge to pick up your cell phone while driving. You can use a finger to activate the phone, but you can't pick it up or hold it any fashion.

"It is not going to be an immediate change but hopefully people will start taking notice and changing their habits," said Tina Meyer. She helped push through the new law after her son Cody was killed by a distracted driver while working as a flagger two years ago.


Gov. Jay Inslee said no more tears need to be shed because of cell phone distracted driving which he places up there with alcohol. "You are more dangerous to yourself and everyone else on the road than a drunk driver with a .08 blood alcohol," Inslee said.

To demonstrate the impairment the governor and a state trooper cadet tried out the AT&T distracted driver simulator.


It shows just how dangerous you really are. It leaves you asking: Was that last text worth it?

The chief of the State Patrol said there will be a three--to-six month warning period and then $136 tickets will be issued. The ticket goes up $234 for the second offense, and it's reported to your insurance company.

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