Driving Under the Influence of Electronics Act
Nationwide, 43 states have passed laws to prohibit drivers from texting. In Washington State, lawmakers recently approved Senate Bill 5289, Driving Under the Influence of Electronics Act. This new legislation which will go into effect in 2019 forbids the use of a handheld device and all video watching while a car is moving or briefly stopped. The fine will increase to $245 on the second offense, and distracted driving will be reportable to insurance companies on the first offense, like any other moving violation.
Take the Pledge
Making a commitment to being a safe attentive driver and sharing it with others is a good way to make it stick. The National Safety Council's pledge to "just drive" makes it easy. Who will you dedicate your pledge to?