Troopers cite 370 motorists for cellphone infractions

October 25, 2011

By Staff

Washington State Patrol troopers stopped almost 400 motorists for cellphone infractions last month.

Troopers continue to monitor local roads for cellphone violators.

State law changed in 2009 to make cellphone use and texting primary offenses for motorists. Before the change, law enforcement officers could only cite drivers for phone use if the driver violated the speed limit or broke another law.

In September, King County troopers stopped 370 drivers for talking on cellphones and 43 people for texting behind the wheel. The state patrol said more than half of the violators received a $124 ticket for illegal cellphone use.

The state patrol encouraged motorists not to use a cell phone behind the wheel, but if necessary, to use a hands-free device to help keep the focus on the roadway.

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