Washington State Patrol Trooper Mark Francis demonstrates to a driver how he was holding a smartphone while driving, during a traffic stop in 2017. The driver wasn’t cited, but law enforcement officers now will be citing drivers for holding smartphones while driving, which can bring a $136 fine for the first offense. A six-month grace period has now ended.

Washington State Patrol Trooper Mark Francis demonstrates to a driver how he was holding a smartphone while driving, during a traffic stop in 2017. The driver wasn’t cited, but law enforcement officers now will be citing drivers for holding smartphones while driving, which can bring a $136 fine for the first offense. A six-month grace period has now ended.

Editorial: Time’s up on distracted driving law’s grace period

Drivers stopped for holding their phone while driving now can be fined $136 for the first offense.

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