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KNDU counts drivers still on their phones 2 days before new law

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KENNEWICK, Wash.--  Time is ticking until the new cell phone law kicks in.

Starting this Thursday, June 10, it'll be a primary offense in Washington state to talk or text on a hand-held phone while you drive.  Police will be able to pull you over just for having a phone up to your ear.  Tickets will cost you $124.

Two days before the law takes effect, KNDU stood on the corner of Clearwater Avenue and Edison Street in Kennewick and counted the number of drivers who aren't ready for the new law.  In one hour, we counted 27 drivers on their phones.  We'll count the number of drivers again, at the same intersection, once the law has kicked in, to compare the numbers.

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