House Bill1371/ Senate Bill 5289 in the Books

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As is well known by now, not only is texting and driving against the law in Washington State, but so is holding a cell phone to one’s ear while driving. Curiously, however, the current law does not prohibit the use of apps while driving, which undoubtedly is just as dangerously distracting as texting or talking on the phone.

In light of the foregoing, there is now a movement to ‘update’ Washington’s distracted driving law. It is called the Driving Under the Influence of Electronics Act, HB 1371/ SB 5289. The intent, of course, is to create safer roadways throughout the State of Washington by banning drivers from operating a phone (or any electronic device for that matter) with more than one finger. In short, one would not be able to hold his phone and scroll his social media, take photos or send emails while operating a motor vehicle.

If enacted, the bill would increase fines for distracted driving, and the offense would go on a person’s driving record and be reported to insurance companies. Currently, cell phone violations are deemed non-moving violations, are not reported to the Department of Licensing and don’t impact insurance.

If you or a loved one is cited or charged with a law violation, you should immediately seek the advice and/or assistance of a qualified Seattle criminal defense attorney. The Seattle Criminal Defense Attorneys that make up the criminal defense team of SQ Attorneys are highly qualified and reputable Seattle criminal defense lawyers that are dedicated to providing top notch, aggressive representation for those arrested or charged for crime all across Western Washington and the Greater Puget Sound region. The team creates success by working with law enforcement and the prosecuting attorney’s office to ensure that all facts and circumstances related to the allegations are considered in creating the fairest, most equitable and just resolution possible in light of all the surrounding circumstances of the given case. So, whether you are cited with an infraction or arrested and/or charged with misdemeanor, gross misdemeanor or a felony, protect yourself … call SQ Attorneys at (206) 441-0900.

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