Distracted driving law nets 337 stops

first_imgDuring the first week that the new distracted driving law was in effect, Washington State troopers stopped 337 motorists statewide they suspected of violating the law, but issued just 27 citations.The other 310 drivers benefited from a grace period in effect until January. During the grace period, troopers are focusing on educating the public about the law rather than simply issuing citations, according to a news release from the state patrol.The new law, Distracted While Under the Influence of Electronics, targets motorists using cellphones, iPads or other electronic devices while driving. It took effect on July 23.Between July 23 and July 29, troopers gave verbal warnings in 306 cases, issued written warnings in four cases, and wrote 27 citations, the news release said.Fines are $136 for a first offense, and $234 for each subsequent offense.Other distracted driving behaviors could lead to a secondary offense that could prompt an additional $99 fine.last_img read more