Even if you’re stopped at a light.

Or you just need to check the score.

Or your kid is texting you.

Or to tell someone you are running late.

Remember that first time with a newborn? You would do anything to keep them safe. Things haven’t changed. So when that phone rings while you’re driving…you know what not to do.

No More Excuses

It is against the law for Washington drivers to use hand-held cell phones while they are driving. This includes all electronic devices, even tablets, laptops and video games. Tickets for driving while using hand-held electronics will go on your record and be reported to your insurance provider.

More information, videos, statistics, and more.

Using a Personal Electronic Device While Driving

RCW 46.61.672

Dangerously Distracted Driving

RCW 46.61.673

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No hand-held cell phone use while driving

  • Even when stopped in traffic or at a traffic light
  • No typing messages or accessing information
  • No watching videos or using cameras
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Electronics DUI (E-DUI) ticket cost

A Driving Under the Influence of Electronics ticket, an E-DUI is the type of ticket drivers will receive if pulled over for using a hand-held electronic device while driving. The cost for receiving an E-DUI increases with each infraction. All violations will be available to your insurance company.

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Dangerously distracted

“Dangerously distracted” means a person who engages in any activity not related to the actual operation of a motor vehicle in a manner that interferes with the safe operation of such motor vehicle on any highway. If the driver does commit a traffic offense because the driver is dangerously distracted, then they are subject to an additional $99 fine.

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You CAN use your device if you are:

  • Hands free (such as using Bluetooth) and can start use by a single touch or swipe without holding the phone)
  • Parked or out-of-the-flow of traffic
  • Starting your GPS or music before you drive
  • Contacting emergency services
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NOT included in the law:

  • Transit and emergency vehicle drivers are exempt.
  • Drivers of commercial vehicles must follow federal
  • Two-way radio, citizens band radio, or amateur
    radio equipment are not included in the law.
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  • Fatalities from distracted driving increased 32
    percent from 2014 to 2015 in Washington.
  • 71 percent of distracted drivers engage in the most
    dangerous distraction, cell phone use behind the
  • One out of four crashes involves cell phone use just
    prior to the crash.


Pass your phone to the passenger. Put it in the glove box. Turn it off before you drive.