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December 31, 2007 at 4:21 PM

Countdown to no texting and driving

Starting at midnight when you pop those corks and take a sip of bubbly, it will be illegal to type or read a text message while driving in the state of Washington.

I guess that brings a whole new meaning to ringing in the New Year.


Gov. Christine Gregoire signed the measure into law in May after serious accidents occurred while people were using their phones.
Under the new law, drivers who read and compose text messages, could face a $101 ticket. The text-messaging ban takes effect tomorrow — Jan. 1. The offense is considered a secondary one, and is not enough to get pulled over by the police alone. However, if the person is seen texting while committing another offense, the person is likely to get two tickets.
Don’t worry, you still have another seven months before you have to comply with a second law prohibiting talking on a cellphone without a hands-free device. That law will be enforced starting in July 2008.

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