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State Patrol changing ways with new cell phone law

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Washington's cell phone law excuses police officers from the hands free requirements, but the Chief of Washington State Patrol says all drivers should focus on only driving, whether you are a police officer or not.

Currently, it is a secondary offense to talk on your cell phone in Washington; however, starting June 10th it will become a primary offense.

Alongside the new law the State Patrol has rewritten it's regulation manual to make sure state troopers do not text while driving. Furthermore, if they choose to talk on the phone they must use a hands-free device.  

"Obviously this new cell phone law is going to be a big change for everyone and we want to make sure we're setting the example," WSP Captain Jay Cabezuela said.  

We talked with all of the police departments in the Tri-Cities and the Sheriff's Offices in Benton and Franklin Counties.

Most are recently learning about the new requirements the State Patrol is setting for troopers but leaders of every police department say it's always smart to encourage officers to be safe on the road.