Stories tagged: distracted driving
Mon., Nov. 13, 2017, 7:31 p.m.
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.
Tue., Sept. 19, 2017, 10:33 a.m.
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 …
Fri., Sept. 1, 2017, 10:13 p.m.
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.
Wed., July 26, 2017, 5:15 p.m.
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.
Thu., May 25, 2017
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 …
Tue., May 16, 2017, 11:08 p.m.
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 …
Thu., April 20, 2017, 1:45 p.m.
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.
Sun., April 16, 2017
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.
Mon., April 3, 2017, 9:18 a.m.
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.
Tue., March 7, 2017, 8:37 a.m.
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.
Wed., Feb. 22, 2017
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 …
Tue., Jan. 3, 2017, 10:37 a.m.
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.
Wed., Nov. 23, 2016, 11:33 a.m.
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.
Tue., Sept. 13, 2016, 3:35 p.m.
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.
Thu., Aug. 18, 2016
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 …
Sun., April 10, 2016
Editorial: Lawmakers should put traffic safety in fast lane
Legislators in Idaho and Washington could assist efforts to curb distracted driving by updating laws on cellphone use. Idaho badly needs to update its seat belt law.
Mon., April 4, 2016
Idaho launches its first emphasis patrol to combat texting and driving
Idaho this month is joining Washington state in putting on emphasis patrols to stop texting while driving and other forms of distracted driving.
Thu., April 2, 2015
Warning sign memorializes Colfax man killed texting and driving
The only parts of Sam Thompson’s car that were recognizable after he drove head-on into a semi last year were the rear wheels and trunk. Everything else was nearly shredded. …
Mon., Jan. 12, 2015
Spokane County drivers most likely to talk, text on road
Spokane County drivers are among the worst in Washington when it comes to using cellphones while driving. A study in 2013 showed that 14.5 percent of local drivers talked or …
UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 3, 2014, 12:43 p.m.
Three injured in accident near Chattaroy
A man looking at his cell phone while driving Friday morning caused an accident that sent three people to the hospital, the Washington State Patrol said.