Fine on phone use while driving could double for repeat offenders

Staff writerJanuary 16, 2014 

Washington's ban on handheld phone use while driving might get tougher.

A proposal being introduced Friday by Transportation Committee co-chairwoman Tracey Eide, D-Des Moines, would tighten up the ban while doubling the fines for repeat offenders.

The penalty today is $124 for first and all offenses.

The changes would allow Washington to pull down more federal money -- a piece of roughly $18 million being handed out nationwide.

The proposal extends a ban on talking and texting to takes current technology into account. E-mailing, checking sports scores, tweeting about traffic -- all would be out of bounds. So would holding a speaker phone while talking.

Infractions would also become part of a driver's record for the first time.


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