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Distracted Drivers Earn Tickets 8/2/2013
We have all watched someone driving down the road while texting or talking on the phone. How much of their attention is on their driving? It only takes a fraction of a second for conditions to change or a hazard to appear. If you’re not focused on your driving, you will not be able to safely react to those changing conditions. In 2010 the cell phone/texting law became a primary violation, and most drivers are aware of the law. Some motorists still choose to ignore the law, and put other motorists in danger by driving distracted.
Throughout the month of August, City, County and State law enforcement officers from Chelan, Douglas and Okanogan Counties will have extra patrols looking for and ticketing drivers who are distracted. The fine for talking on a cell phone without a hands free device or texting while driving is $124. The cost of someone being hurt or killed is immeasurable.
Intermediate license drivers, except for emergencies are prohibited from using cell phones at all while driving even with a hand free device.
If a call is important, pull over and give it your attention. When you are finished with the call or text, continue on and driving can again be your primary focus. The safety of you and others depends on distraction free driving. The average text takes your attention away from driving for 4.6 seconds. At 55mph it is like driving the entire length of a football field with your eyes closed.
Distracted drivers are unpredictable. They may have lane travel, fail to stop at a stop light or stop sign. They may cross the centerline and strike a vehicle head on. To help protect yourself from these distracted drivers, we ask that you please wear your seatbelt every time you are in a moving vehicle.
Please do your part in making the roadways of Washington safer for all…Hang up and drive!
Help us to achieve the Target Zero goal to end traffic deaths and serious injuries in Washington by 2030. 
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