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Washington Governor Signs Bill Banning Driver Use of Handheld Phones

June 1, 2007

OLYMPIA, Wash --- Washington Governor Chris Gregoire has signed a bill that prohibits drivers from talking on handheld phones while driving.

He also signed another bill that prohibits reading, typing or sending text message while driving, according to Land Line Magazine. Both laws make exceptions for emergencies.

To be ticketed for either offense, however, drivers must be pulled over for another offense, such as speeding or running a red light. Violators of the ban face $101 fines. However, insurance companies won't be notified of the violation.

The cell phone ban, which goes into effect July 2008, will make Washington the fifth state to have such a law.

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