New measure outlaws holding electronic device while driving, starting in July

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Texting or holding a phone to your ear is already against the law in Washington state, but soon Washington drivers will be prohibited from doing all the other stuff some do while driving or sitting in traffic: checking Facebook, reading emails or anything else that requires them to hold their electronic devices while behind the wheel, our online news partner The Seattle Times reported Tuesday.

The measure, signed by Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday in Tacoma, prohibits holding an electronic device — including phones, tablets and other electronic gadgets — while driving, including while in traffic or waiting for a traffic light to change. However, the minimal use of a finger” to activate, deactivate, or initiate a function of a device while driving will still be allowed under the measure.

Inslee vetoed a section that had the measure take effect in 2019. He said it was too important to wait for the provisions to take effect, so the law will now take effect in mid-July.

For more on the measure, click here to read the full story from The Seattle Times.

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