New Distracted Driving Law Goes Into Effect This Weekend

A new law in various states is aimed at distracted drivers using cellphone while behind the wheel of their automobile. The Distracted Driving Law goes into effect this Sunday. If caught, people will face charges of "Driving Under the Influence of Electronics." Motorists are not permitted to hold a cell phone while driving and they cannot check a text message while stopped at a traffic light.

If ticketed, it will cost the driver $136. A second offense within five years will cost 234-dollars and be reported to your insurance company. Officers can also issue tickets for things like eating behind the wheel, smoking or putting on makeup. Those penalties could snag you an extra $99 ticket.

Under the new law, motorists can only use their phone if it's hands free and can be started by a single touch or swipe of a finger. Of course, that's only if you're safely parked and out of traffic.

Source: GeekWire

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