texting while driving

UW Study
11:20 am
Mon September 9, 2013

UW Study Finds Half Distracted Drivers Are Texting

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LM Otero Associated Press

Researchers say more than 8 percent of drivers in Washington state are distracted by electronic devices, including many who are actively texting on the roadway.

A study released Monday by the University of Washington found that nearly half of distracted drivers were observed texting. Researchers compiled their numbers after observing 7,800 motorists at intersections in six counties.

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distracted driving
5:41 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

WSP, Police on the Lookout for Cell Phone-Using Drivers

If you are a distracted driver, then it’s time to put the phone down.

Over the next few weeks, Washington State Patrol and local law enforcement officers will be putting more resources into ticketing drivers who aren’t paying attention to the road. Between now and Aug. 23, officers in unmarked cars will be solely focused on scanning the roads to see if drivers are talking on cell phones or texting.

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traffic safety
5:20 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

WA gets top marks for seatbelt use, lagging on cell phone safety

Washington State has the highest rate of seat belt use in the nation. That’s according to a report recently released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Bob Calkins with the Washington State Patrol keeps an eye on the statistics.

“The national average is 84 percent. We are first among competing states at 97 and a half percent,” he says.

Following Washington are California, Oregon and Hawaii.

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Driving and texting
12:39 pm
Mon April 9, 2012

No more texting, but what about mapping while driving?

Idaho has joined Oregon and Washington in outlawing texting while driving. Photo by Kevin Mooney

Originally published on Fri April 6, 2012 4:45 pm

Beginning this summer, texting will be illegal for drivers across all three Northwest states. Idaho Governor Butch Otter signed a bill Thursday that outlaws texting while driving on Idaho roads. But in the age of the smartphone, text messages aren’t the only distraction on the tiny screen.

If you can’t text , then all three states say it’s pretty clear that means you can’t send email in traffic either, , or, for that matter, surf the web. And there are already laws on the books that ban watching TV while driving, so that means YouTube is out.

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Mobile phones
9:45 pm
Tue May 17, 2011

Using tragedy to teach dangers of texting while driving

The car that a teenager died in is parked outside Roosevelt High School in Seattle, May 17, 2011.
Paula Wissel/KPLU

How do you convince someone not to text or talk on the cell phone while  driving?  How about an in-your- face reminder of what can happen if you do?  That's the tactic Seattle Police have been using this week. 

They've been parking a black Honda, with the driver's side smashed in, outside area high schools.  A Tumwater teenager, Heather Lerch, died in the car in February of 2010 while texting and driving.

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