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May 7, 2013 at 4:03 PM

Governor signs law letting drivers show proof of insurance on cell phone

Gov. Jay Inslee signed a law Tuesday that could make life a little easier for anybody who gets pulled over by police and isn’t able to find a current proof of insurance card.

Senate Bill 5095 lets you pull up the information on your cell phone or other “portable electronic device” and hand it over to law enforcement as proof. The law goes into effect on July 26.

But you can’t complain if the officer drops your phone. According to the Senate bill report, “If a policyholder provides a portable electronic device for proof of insurance, the policyholder assumes all liability for any damage to the portable electronic device while in the possession of the law enforcement officer.”

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