Lynnwood drivers not eligible for cell phone ticket refunds

Update: Lynnwood was erronesouly put on a list of jurisdictions not affected by the DOL mistake. You can read the updated story here.


There’s been a lot of coverage in the news lately about thousands of cell phone tickets being dismissed due to an error by the Department of Licensing. Apparently, Lynnwood drivers aren’t eligible for refunds.

Refunds are being issued for distracted driving citations around the state because the DOL didn’t update the rule book that many cities and counties use as their traffic code. The tickets — mostly for talking on a cell phone or texting while driving — were issued between 2007 and July 1, 2010.

Yesterday the DOL released a list of jurisdictions not affected by the mistake. Lynnwood and Snohomish County are both on that list.

The DOL is reimbursing cities for the mistake, so  it wouldn’t have hurt Lynnwood’s already tight budget situation.

We’re still waiting for comment from Lynnwood municipal court officials.

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