Inattentive Drivers Law Passed in Washington
Drivers who talk on cell phones, put on makeup, or otherwise don’t watch the roads in North Bend now face stiffer penalties for moving violations. The North Bend City Council on Dec. 18, 2001, passed a so-called “inattentive drivers” ordinance that targets people who violate traffic laws because they were distracted by such activities as talking on a cell phone, eating, smoking. Police can already cite motorists for negligent driving, but the new ordinance spells out specific behaviors that could lead to heftier fines. The law took effect Jan. 1 in the town, which is 30 miles east of Seattle.