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 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.