Cell Phone Stores Preparing for Cell Phone LawPosted: Updated:
YAKIMA, Wash. -- We still have two months before a new law banning driving and cell phone use goes into effect, but local retailers are getting ready now for what they fear will be a big rush all at once.
On July 1, if you're driving in your car and your cell phone rings there's no more answering it, unless you have the proper equipment. If you don't it could end up costing you big time.
"I'll probably wait till July," said Marcus Angeline.
"I think after July 1st we are going to see a really big surge for people looking for this type of equipment," said Jim Pies, owner of Communications Plus.
That's exactly what cell phone store owners are trying to avoid. That means getting the word out to people now.
"We don't want everyone coming in the last day of June trying to get headsets and having a hard time getting them," said Pies.
Communications Plus on Nob Hill Boulevard just finished putting up a new display showing everyone what their options are.
Pies said, "We've actually brought in various devices from full install kits to visor mounted and or ear pieces that meet the law requirements for driving hands-free."
To make things go smoother they've ested which ones work the best so that they aren't overwhelmed with people returning their headsets.
Pies says, "We want to help them pick out the appropriate headset. The one that works with their phone you know with the blue tooth so that when they walk out that door all they have to do is touch the button and say hello."
Some customers said they are really aren't looking forward to the prices. A quality hands-free headset is going to cost you anywhere from $60 to $125. Other people just aren't sold on how they look."I think they look funny on people, but I might be one of those funny looking people before too long," said Angeline.