Law enforcement agencies to crack down on cell phone use behind the wheel

Law enforcement agencies to crack down on cell phone use behind the wheel

Make sure to put your phone away while driving, the Washington State Patrol along with local agencies on high alert cracking down on cell phone use behind the wheel.

April is Distracted Driving Awareness month, reason why several agencies across the state are adding extra patrols to look for drivers using their cell phone.

This is all part of the Washington Traffic Safety Commission’s ‘U text, U drive, U pay’ initiative.

A campaign aimed to reduce the number of traffic deaths caused by distracted driving.

Local agencies reminding everyone that it’s not worth the risk.

“You just can’t do both, you can’t text and drive it’s that simple because it only takes a second to take your attention away from driving and cause a potentially fatal accident,” said Yakima Police Department spokesmen Mike Bastinelli.

If caught texting or talking on your phone be prepared to pay a $136 citation.

Agencies recommend pulling over if you feel the message or call is that important.