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Stop before you Text Behind the Wheel

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KENNEWICK, Wash.- Starting January 1, it becomes illegal to text message while you're driving.

You won't get pulled over if you're caught texting behind the wheel, but if you're pulled over for something else like speeding, they'll start tacking an extra fine on top of that ticket.

Text messaging, that means typing one or even reading a message, becomes a secondary driving violation in washington.

It's a $101 ticket if you're caught.

"You know i think i'm fairly coordinated. I can walk and chew gum, but i cannot text message and do anything else. I ain't can't even walk and text message, i gotta stop to send a text message, so how people could do that and drive, i have no idea, i guess they're very talented, but come january 1, you're gonna have to stop your car," said Kennewick Police Traffic Sgt. Ken Lattin.

The state legislature passed the new law last session.

Also, starting in July, it'll become illegal to talk on the phone while you're driving.