Take the Pledge Washington
6,000 people were killed as a result of distracted driving in one year—how can you prevent the trend?
With the increasing availability of mobile phones comes the temptation to use these devices while out on the road. Driving while distracted by your cell phone, however, presents a huge risk while out on the road. Thousands die each year and even more are injured as a result of distracted driving.
You can travel the distance of a football field while checking a text message or dialing a phone number, presenting a sizeable distance worth of dangers, both to yourself and other drivers on the road. According to the Washington State Department of Licensing, drivers talking on the phone are as impaired as someone with a .08 blood-alcohol level, while those texting are as impaired as someone with a .16 blood alcohol level—that's twice the legal limit.
It is especially important to talk to your young driver about forming good driving habits early by ignoring the temptation to use a mobile device while behind the wheel.
Washington employs a hands-free driving law to prevent distracted drivers from endangering themselves and others while on the road. Familiarize yourself with these laws by clicking below:
- RCW 46.61.667: Using a wireless communications device while driving
- RCW 46.61.668: Sending, reading, or writing a text message while driving
- RCW 46.20.055: Instruction permit
- RCW 46.20.075: Intermediate license
To reinforce your knowledge of these laws, Terril, Lewis & Wilke Insurance encourages all of our auto insurance clients to Take the Pledge, a promise to never distract yourself while driving courtesy of the National Highway Traffic Administration. Click the button below to download the contract and take the time to discuss your pledge with family and close friends so that together, we can all stay focused on the road.