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By Tim Gruver
WNPA Olympia News Bureau 

Law could prohibit driver cell phone use


Two new bills could drive a deeper wedge between you and your smartphone on the road if passed by the state Legislature.

Drafted by Rep. Jessyn Farrell, D-Seattle, House Bill 1371 effectively prohibits any hands-on interaction with handhelds of any kind while behind the wheel. This includes using cell phones, smartphones, and or any forms of communication such as texting.

A companion bill, SB 5289, sponsored by Sen. Ann Rivers, R-La Center, was filed this week.

According to state law, anyone “holding a wireless communications device to his or her ear,” either while driving or at traffic stops, is in violation. Drivers can pull over with or without the motor running when the driver has...

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