New Law Will Make It Illegal To Smoke, Text And Eat While Driving
The State of Washington is cracking down on people who choose to drive while they are distracted. A new law has made it illegal to groom, eat, smoke or text while driving. Jay Inslee, who is the governor of Washington state, has signed the bill. The bill was not supposed to be signed into law until January 2019. However, Gov. Inslee stated that signing the bill earlier would be in the best interest of the public.
Inslee talked about the bill in a recent press conference. He stated that driving under the influence is just as dangerous as driving intoxicated. He also stated that implementing this distracted driving law is one of the best things that can be done in order to save lives.
There were 568 road deaths in 2015. One-hundred and seventy-one deaths were blamed on distractions. Texting while driving has already been banned in the state of Washington. However, the new law will also ban eating, grooming and smoking.
First-time offenders will have to pay a $136 fine. Second-time offenders will have to pay a $234 fee. The fines may not seem like much, but it is important to remember that doing distracting activities while behind the wheel can have long-term consequences. The offenses will be placed on one’s driving record, which could result in higher insurance costs.
Toni Matous works for the Magnolia Insurance Agency. He has referred to the law as the new drunk driving law. Not only will fines by enforced, but law enforcement officials will spend more time looking for distracted drivers.