What You Need to Know: Driving Under the Influence of Electronics (DUIE)
New Law in Washington State—Effective July 23, 2017
Texting and holding cell phone to ear while driving is already illegal.
This new bill forbids handheld uses, including composition or reading of any kind of message, picture or data as well as photography while driving.
Drivers cannot use handheld devices while at a stop sign or red-light signal.
Drivers may still use a smartphone mounted in a dashboard cradle, for instance to use a navigation app, but not to watch a video. The new law permits “minimal use of a finger” to activate an app or device.
Drivers may still use built-in electronic systems, such as hands-free calling and maps.
Amateur radio equipment and citizens-band radio remain legal.
Handheld devices may be used once the driver has pulled off the roadway where the vehicle “can safely remain stationary.”
First offense fine is $136; second offense (within 5 years) fine is $235.
A DUIE is a primary offense meaning you can be pulled over just for using handheld device.
A DUIE ticket will be reported to insurance companies which will have an impact on the offender’s insurance rate, just as a speeding ticket would.