Starting Thursday, texting or using a handheld cell phone while driving becomes a primary offense in most Washington cases, meaning police can use that as the sole reason for stopping a driver.
State rules against driving while texting or using a hand-held phone took effect two years ago. But until this week, violations were a secondary offense, meaning officers have to see another violation, such as speeding, to make a stop.
The fine is $124.
Law enforcement agencies say they'll rely on what they see when determining if a driver should be pulled over. But what about the gray areas?