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Central Idaho county to enforce cellphone driving ban

Central Idaho authorities in Blaine County say a county ordinance approved in 2016 making it illegal to use a hand-held device while driving will be enforced starting this summer.


Spin Control: Catching up on the inbox

The inbox still gets clogged, but not quite as fast with the Legislature gone.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 28, 2018, 9:41 p.m.

Idaho Senate rejects hands-free cellphone driving law, cites government overreach

Requiring only hands-free cellphone use while driving in Idaho was a step too far for the Idaho Senate, which killed the bill citing government overreach Wednesday on a 22-13 vote.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 22, 2018, 6:39 a.m.

WSP troopers write 878 tickets for distracted driving in first month of Washington’s E-DUI law

When Washington’s E-DUI law went into effect in June, police officers, deputies, and state troopers hoped drivers would think twice before reaching for their phones.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 20, 2018, 4:45 p.m.

Idaho Senate panel advances measure to ban hand-held cell phones while driving

BOISE - Idaho lawmakers eager to curb rising numbers of fatal and serious injury car accidents are pursuing a ban on driving while talking on hand-held cell phones.


Thousands of drivers warned about cellphone use

Washington State Patrol has issued thousands of warnings to motorists for cellphone use, distracted driving. Tickets with fines start in January.


Oregon’s cellphone, distracted driving law brings bigger fines, jail

Oregon drivers soon can be pulled over for not only texting and talking on their cellphones, but also for navigating, using social media and any other “hands-on” cellphone and electronics …


Washington State Patrol Troopers to conduct emphasis patrols over Labor Day weekend

With Labor Day weekend a busy time for travel during the year, the Washington State Patrol will be ramping up emphasis patrols and directing resources to put troopers in local …


UPDATED: Fri., July 28, 2017, 9:52 p.m.

Data shows which Spokane intersections are worst for texting and driving

Smartphone data helps track the places in Spokane where distracted driving is most prevalent.


UPDATED: Fri., July 28, 2017, 9:52 p.m.

State Patrol tries to clear up distracted driving misconceptions

Eating and drinking while driving won’t automatically get you a ticket.


California teen pleads not guilty in fatal crash recorded on Instagram

A California teenager pleaded not guilty Wednesday to felony charges of vehicular manslaughter and drunken driving after she lost control of her car while livestreaming on Instagram and recording a …


UPDATED: Wed., July 26, 2017, 10:54 a.m.

Petition started against Washington distracted driving law

At least 18,000 people have decided that a Washington state law against distracted driving takes enforcement too far.


UPDATED: Sun., July 23, 2017, 8:59 p.m.

No more holding cell phones with new driving law in effect

Washington drivers will now have to put down their cell phones under a new distracted driving law.


UPDATED: Mon., July 17, 2017, 11:40 p.m.

‘Put the cellphone down’ law starts Sunday

Washington becomes one of the toughest states in the country Sunday for people who do anything behind the wheel with their cell phones.


Coming soon: Hold the phone, get a ticket

The law will take effect sooner than intended after Inslee vetoed a section that would have the measure take effect in 2019; instead, the new law will be in place …


Washington to drivers: Put the cellphone down, don’t risk fourth DUI

New Washington laws increase penalty for drivers using a smartphone or driving under the influence.


UPDATED: Sun., May 14, 2017, 5:45 p.m.

New York eyes ‘textalyzer’ to combat distracted driving

Ben Lieberman just wanted to find out what may have caused the head-on collision that killed his 19-year-old son, Evan, on a highway north of New York City. It took …


Distracted drivers to face new penalties in Washington

Holding a phone while driving in Washington state could become illegal in 2019 if Gov. Jay Inslee signs a distracted driving measure passed by the Legislature.


UPDATED: Wed., April 19, 2017, 10:11 p.m.

Washington drivers’ use of smartphones about to be curtailed

Legislature passes final version of bill that tells drivers to put down their smartphones.


Distracted driving law headed for overdue update

It’s like the seat-belt argument all over again: freedom vs. collective safety. But the price of tragedy is rarely confined to a single individual.


UPDATED: Thu., April 13, 2017, 7:58 a.m.

Washington likely to crack down on drivers using smartphones

New state law expected to ban most use of smart phones by drivers.


Authorities target distracted drivers in statewide campaign

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


UPDATED: Tue., March 7, 2017, 10:32 p.m.

Spokane Valley grandmother pushes for tougher Washington laws against using phones while driving

Family of Colfax man lobbies to strengthen Washington laws against using cellphones while driving.


State Senate votes to ban holding phones while driving

A bill that bans holding an electronic device while driving to reduce distracted driving incidents passed in the Washington state Senate Monday.


Distracted driving law needs an update

Common sense says a driver shouldn’t be holding a phone. So if you’re wondering why people aren’t being pulled over as they poke at them, it’s because the Legislature has …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 10, 2017, 9:31 p.m.

Distracted driving penalties could increase statewide

Lawmakers heard emotional testimony this week from people who lost friends and family members in car accidents caused by drivers distracted by their phones. They are among many who want …


Put down that cellphone: Ban of handheld devices by drivers being sought by lawmakers

Some state lawmakers are pushing to toughen Washington’s decade-old distracted-driving laws.


Gov’t wants phone makers to lock out most apps for drivers

The government wants smartphone makers to lock out most apps when the phone is being used by someone driving a car.


U-Hi students get a closeup look at consequences of distracted driving

AT&T on Tuesday brought its distracted driving simulator to University High School to show how dangerous it can be to use smart phone behind the wheel.


Outside View: State driver’s test catching up

Washington state’s written driving test is finally catching up with the times. Starting today, the test will expand from 25 to 40 questions and cover subjects such as distracted-driving laws …