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Poll Finds Drivers Want Stricter Cell Phone Driving Laws

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KENNEWICK, Wash.- On the first day of the state's new cell phone while driving law, a new poll finds some surprising results about the public's view of the law.

The poll shows Washington residents actually think the new rules aren't strict enough.

The PEMCO Insurance poll shows 60 percent of the people asked support making cell phone violations a primary offense, meaning police could pull you over solely if they see you on your phone. 

Right now, it's a secondary violation meaning you could get a $124 ticket, but officers must pull you over for another violation before tacking on the cell phone ticket.

"If they're gonna make people stick to the law it should be primary, yeah," said Darwin Kniep.

"I mean, talking on your phone it's kind of a distraction.   I know that I've caught myself talking on the phone, you hit the brakes instantly and the people behind you don't know what's going on, so yeah, I think it would make the roads a little safer," said Rich Truitt.

The poll also found more than a quarter of drivers report already using a hands-free kit, while 35 percent of younger drivers say they intend to purchase one soon.

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