NOTICE: Reports Show that you are 23 Times More Likely to Crash While Texting and Driving!

Washington Cell Phone Laws

Washington was the first state in the country to ban texting and driving. This legislation goes all the way back to the year 2007, which is no coincidence, seeing as the first generation iPhone was released that same year. Now, almost 50 percent of high-school students admit to texting while they drive.

Law enforcement agencies classify texting while driving a primary offense. This means that officers can pull a driver over if they see them sending or receiving text messages they do not need a reason other than seeing them texting to pull them over.

Should a commercial driver be pulled over for using a cellphone while driving, the state can suspend their license for a minimum one-year period. If a driver uses a cell phone while transporting 16 or more passengers, including themselves, they can permanently lose their driving endorsement.