New law cracks down on "dangerously distracted" driving
TRI-CITIES, Wash. -- Local troopers want you to know the new distracted driving laws cover more than just your cell phone.
Under the new law, Troopers can issue a $100 fine if they find you're "dangerously distracted" while driving.
That means if you're pulled over for improper lane changing or swerving and police see you're occupied, you're breaking the law.
Troopers tell us this covers anything from putting on make-up, smoking, eating or reading while committing a traffic offense, something happening too often on our local highways.
"We actually see people driving down the highway, doing their makeup and not evening looking at the highway and swerving all over the lanes,” said Trooper Chris Thorson, adding “We see it quite a bit."
Troopers are calling the next six months a grace period where they'll pull you over for dangerously distracted driving and warn you about the new penalties.