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Starting today, U Drive. U Text. U Pay.

April 10, 2014

Starting today, law enforcement throughout the state will be cracking down on distracted drivers as part of a new national enforcement campaign.

Between April 10 and April 15, efforts will target motorists who are seen driving distracted. This includes talking on hand-held cell phones, sending text messages, and otherwise not paying attention to the road while driving.

In 2013, researchers at UW Medicine’s Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center conducted a study that found that nearly one in ten Washington drivers was seen using a cell phone or texting behind the wheel. Among those driving distracted, nearly half were texting.

“We hear from citizens on a regular basis that they want stricter enforcement of distracted driving laws,” said Washington Traffic Safety Commission Director, Darrin Grondel. “This effort gives us the chance to provide funding to more than 100 law enforcement agencies throughout Washington to do just that.”

The slogan of the national campaign is “U Drive. U Text. U Pay.” and is being carried out during the month of April, which is National Distracted Driving Month.

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