DOL Director Liz Luce and State Patrol Capt. Chris Gundermann talked with reporters in Vancouver, Wash. on June 7 about the dangers of distracted driving and the new law that will give police statewide the ability to ticket drivers using mobile devices illegally as a primary offense starting June 10.
Luce focused on young drivers with intermediate licenses. They’re prohibited from using a cell phone, with or without a hands-free device, except they are reporting an emergency to 911. “Being late for a date is not an emergency,” Luce said.
She went on to say that many parents give their young teens cell phones to help keep them safe, but a phone becomes one of the most dangerous things they can have when they’re behind the wheel, and told the story of 19-year old Heather Lerch, who lost her life in a collision south of Olympia in February. Lerch was texting-while-driving.
Come June 10, drivers with regular licenses are prohibited from using a cell phone without a hands-free device.
You can read more about the event in The Columbian. Or another story in the Everett Herald.