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Wednesday, June 26, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Authorities target distracted drivers in statewide campaign

In this June 22, 2016, file photo, a driver uses her mobile phone while sitting in traffic. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)
In this June 22, 2016, file photo, a driver uses her mobile phone while sitting in traffic. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)
Associated Press

SEATTLE – Authorities across Washington state will begin cracking down on drivers using their cellphones behind the wheel.

KOMO-TV reported nearly 150 law enforcement agencies will take part in the crackdown, which kicks off Monday.

Officers will increase patrols to look for drivers who are texting or talking on the phone, which is prohibited under state law.

Violators face a $136 fine.

The increased enforcement will take place over two weeks and is part of the Target Zero campaign, a statewide initiative to reduce the number of traffic deaths and serious injuries to zero by 2030.

A recent study by the Washington Traffic Safety Commission shows more than two-thirds of distracted drivers are distracted by their cellphones.

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