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Grace period for Washington's E-DUI law is soon to be over

Grace period for Washington's E-DUI law is soon to be over

PASCO, Wash. -- It's been nearly six months since Washington’s new distracted driving law took effect, and for the first six months, State Troopers focused on educating people they pulled over on their phones. But in a couple weeks, that grace period will be over.

The law prohibits distracted driving from cell phones, make up, food, or anything that could take your attention from the road. So if you are caught breaking this law, you could see a ticket of at least $136, and the violation will be available to your insurance company.

Pasco Police said they've already been enforcing this law for the past four months.

"Being at the stoplight, thinking, ‘okay, I’m not moving, I can use my phone.’ Nope, that's a primary offense and that can go to your insurance company," Sergeant Scott Warren said.

Warren said not knowing about the law doesn't give you an excuse if you are caught breaking it. He encourages people to do research and know the law well.

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