During 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.
“There are still plenty of places both close to home and further afield that provide great value. While it’s great to see Japan is still offering the best value for money, it’s exciting to see other destinations like Indonesia, Brazil and Canada becoming more affordable.” The findings also reveal that the best time to travel to Japan is now and that the dollar will likely stay around the 92 Yen range for the foreseeable future. The Index, which rates the buying power of different exchange rates in relation to each other, shows that Australian Dollars have increased 2.3 per cent against the Japanese Yen. Interest in the Japanese islands of Hokkaido and Okinawa also grew by 50 per cent in 2013, indicating organised Australian tourists have been taking advantage of the exchange rate. “However, Aussies need to be smart as their purchasing power is impacted,” Expedia Australia and New Zealand managing director, Georg Reubensal said. Japan is offering Australians the best value for the second year in a row, according to the 2014 Expedia Foreign Exchange Index. Source = ETB News: T.N.