In April, it looked like SB 5656 was likely dead. The bill would have expanded our anti-distracted driving laws from just texting and driving to include any other smartphone activity, such as browsing the internet. Since the bill stopped advancing, however, at least two major traffic accidents in Washington have been attributed to cell phone use, one of which was fatal.
As we’ve reported before, distracted driving is the single most common contributing factor in crashes in our state.
The Olympian reports that although it looks unlikely the bill will be revisited this session, the crashes have spurred a renewed interest in efforts to stop distracted driving. The bill is seen as an update to the dated law currently in place, which was written before the first iPhone came out.