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The new E-DUI law takes effect on July 23, 2017 for Washington drivers.  It will be against the law to use hand-held cell phones while driving.  This includes all electronic devices, laptops, tablets and video games.  E-DUI tickets will go on your record and be reported to your insurance provider. 


You CANNOT Use Your Hand-Held Device While Driving

     *Even when stopped in traffice or at a traffic light

     *No typing messages or accessing information

     *No watching videos or using cameras


You CAN Use Your Cell Phone If You Are:

     *Hands-free (such as using Bluetooth) and can start use by a single touch or swipe without holding the device

     *Parked or out-of-the-flow of traffic

     *Starting your GPS or music before you drive

     *Contacting emergency services


Electronics DUI (E-DUI) Ticket Cost

Drivers who break this new law could receive a Driving Under the Influence of Electronics ticket (E-DUI).  The first E-DUI is $136 and the second E-DUI within five years is $235.  All violations will be availabe to your insurance company.


More information is available from the Washington State Traffic Commission, at







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