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Support for NO texting while driving in WA State

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 16, 2010 6:22 pm    Post subject: Support for NO texting while driving in WA State  Reply with quote

Any other Washington skateboarders having near misses with inattentive drivers??   It's almost a weekly occurrence on the Burke trail / road crosswalks for me.   Please check the site and take a minute to submit before this coming Monday -- especially if you have any brief stories to tell.   These bills would make texting while driving a primary offense and strengthen the ban on driving while on cel-phone.

"...I'm writing in support of House Bill 2635 and Senate Bill 6345. Strong evidence shows that driving while talking or texting on a cell phone is as dangerous as drunk driving. Therefore, I don't see driving while phoning as a personal decision. Like drunk driving, driving while phoning can-and too often does-have a devastating impact on others. Our current law has not convinced drivers to put down their phones when they drive. We need a stronger law to make our roads safe ... ."
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 17, 2010 10:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good luck with that! I sincerely hope it passes. If anyone needs some extra motivation to support this and similar initiatives, here it is:

She asked me in a thoughtful way, " What does it mean to be a Colombian?"
" I don''t know," I replied. " It''s an act of faith."

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 26, 2017 1:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, I completely agree with you on this. Motivation is the key thing which keeps people running for their goals. My cousin has been working with one of top Los Angeles DUI lawyers and he told that many people need constant motivation.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 01, 2017 7:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The law passed in WA and goes into effect very soon.   Suck it drivers!   Laughing


Q. When does the law take effect?

A. Approximately July 23, which is 90 days after the Legislature’s regular session adjourned, the governor’s staff say.

“Public safety is better served by implementing this bill this year,” Inslee wrote in his partial-veto message.

Bill sponsor Sen. Ann Rivers, R-La Center, had initially proposed a Jan. 1, 2018, start, and then agreed to a year delay, in negotiations with the House, to give police and drivers more time to prepare.

“Now that the governor has dramatically shortened the timeline, people need to be ready much sooner,” she said in a statement.

Lavera Wade of Spokane Valley, whose grandson Sam Thompson died while texting on Highway 195 near Colfax in 2014, has volunteered to join what will she thinks will be a “fast and furious” outreach. People are talking about distraction, and July 23 arrives soon after a huge wave of news coverage, on both sides of the mountains, she said.

“Nothing’s going to be perfect,” she said, “but my feeling is, doing it this fast is going to make it better.”

Q. What will be banned?

A. Texting is already illegal, as is holding a cellphone at the ear. Drivers constantly flout those rules, or evade them by holding a phone between the legs, or just below the chin.

The new bill forbids handheld uses, including composing or reading any kind of message, picture or data. Photography while driving is illegal.

Drivers also cannot use handheld devices while at a stop sign or red-light signal.

Q. What is still legal?

A. Drivers may still use a smartphone mounted in a dashboard cradle, for instance to use a navigation app, but not to watch video. The new law permits “minimal use of a finger” to activate an app or device.

Built-in electronic systems, such as hands-free calling and maps, remain legal.

Calls to 911 or other emergency services are legal, as are urgent calls between transit employees and dispatchers.

Amateur radio equipment and citizens-band radio, remain legal.

Handheld devices may be used if the driver has pulled off the roadway or traffic lanes, where the vehicle “can safely remain stationary.”

Q. What are the penalties?

A. The standard traffic fine of $136 would nearly double to $235 on the second distracted-driving citation.

Q. Is DUIE a primary offense?

A. Yes. A police officer can pull someone over just for using a handheld device.

Q. Will a ticket raise my insurance rates?

A. Probably.

Distracted-driving citations will be reported on a motorist’s record for use by the insurance industry, which testified in favor of the law.

There was considerable debate about that, as some lawmakers sought to keep DUIE offenses off the record, the way texting violations are currently. But the safety hawks managed to make them reportable — a penalty that House sponsor Jessyn Farrell, D-Seattle, gained in exchange for allowing that now-vetoed 1˝ year implementation time.

The cost of a citation on personal insurance bills will depend on what the data show, about a correlation between someone’s violations and crash history, said Nicole Ganley, public-affairs director for the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America.

Arkansas, North Dakota, and Colorado lawmakers passed stronger distraction bills this year, she said, but insurers especially like the Washington law’s broader sweep.

“It’s modernizing the driving code, so that all the behaviors are included,” she said. “This new law will serve as a deterrent and draws a line in the sand that this behavior is not safe for anyone.”

Q. What about other kinds of distraction?

A. Miscellaneous distractions such as grooming or eating will be a secondary offense, meaning a ticket may be issued if a law-enforcement officer pulls you over for some other offense, such as speeding or a dangerous lane change. The penalty will be an extra $30.


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