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Washington State Police warn of cell phone use and driving

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- There's an increase in drivers talking on the phone according to the Washington State Patrol. As a result, they want to make it clear that it won't be tolerated.

That's the message state patrol is reminding drivers across the state and right here in the Tri-Cities.

Throughout the area,  state patrol has seen an increase in motorists breaking this law which was passed in July. Since that time, troopers have issued warnings, however Sergeant Deborah Wilson says that time is over," ... you're going to see an increase in tickets and a decrease in warnings. We've had plenty of time for people to realize and get the education out there for them to realize it is a primary offense and a distraction when you're driving."

Those tickets cost $124.00  if caught by troopers. Sergeant Wilson adds that since the ban on cell phone use behind the wheel was enforced, over 70 drivers have been pulled over and only half received tickets in the area.

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