Re: "Law on phone use at wheel may get stiffer" (TNT, 2-10).
It's great that The News Tribune highlighted important legislation needed to update Washington state’s distracted-driving laws.
Two important points were not made in the article.
• This bill will save lives. One in 10 people are using cell phones while driving on Washington state roads, and it is dangerous. Talking on your phone while driving increases your crash risk by four times. Texting while driving increases crash risk 23-fold and is equivalent to driving drunk with a blood alcohol level of 0.19.
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• This legislation has specific exceptions for hands-free use of cell phones. You can still talk on your phone or use its navigation features, provided its done hands-free.
Someone you know has been in a motor vehicle collision because of distracted driving. Updating the law will make our roads safer.
(Ayer is a Tacoma pediatrician.)