Submitted by the San Juan Island Sheriff’s Department
On July 23, the new distracted-driving law goes into effect. The new law makes it illegal to use handheld electronic devices while you are driving. You must now be 100 hands-free. Under Washington State law this is a primary offense, which means you can be pulled over for holding a cellphone. Tickets for driving while using hand-held electronics will go on your record and be reported to your insurance provider.
San Juan County has a huge influx of people walking, running, biking, and driving on roadways. Part of a deputy’s job is to keep everyone on the roads safe, including the person using the cell phone. San Juan County Sheriff’s Office deputies will be actively looking for people both talking and texting on their cell phones.
Pull over to the side of the road if you have to use your cell phone. Let’s all have a happy and safe summer.