It has been two weeks since the distracted driving law went into effect in Washington State, how are we doing?
The Washington State Patrol ran stats to see how the first week of the law differed from the week before it went into effect. According to the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, fatalities in the state caused by distracted driving increased 32 percent from 2014 to 2015.
From July 16 to July 22, the week before the law went into effect trooper stopped 273 cell phone violators, gave 118 citations and 155 verbal warnings.
From Sunday July 23 to Saturday July 29, the week after the law took effect, troopers contacted 337 motorists for violating the distracted driving law with 27 citations, 4 written warnings and 306 verbal warnings.
The state patrol said they are currently running a six-month ‘grace’ period, meaning they look to educate violators on the new law, not ticket them.