The Washington Traffic Safety Commission announced there will be extra patrols watching for distracted drivers from April 2-14. Additional law enforcement officers from over 150 different agencies will be on patrol across the state.

“Our goal is to raise public awareness about the dangers of distracted driving,” said WTSC Program Manager Erika Mascorro. “Research shows that drivers are three times more likely to crash when talking on the phone, and 23 times more likely to crash when entering information into their phone.”

Since the Driving Under the Influence of Electronics law went into effect in mid-2017, almost 1,500 drivers have been issued E-DUI tickets. First offenders will be fined $136. A second ticket within five years of the first will cost $234. E-DUI tickets will also appear on drivers’ records and be available to insurance companies.

For more information about the commission’s plan to eliminate fatalities and injuries related to distracted driving, visit their Target Zero website here.