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Troopers focus on distracted driving, WSU Mom's Weekend

Troopers focus on distracted driving,...

PULLMAN, Wash. - "U text, U drive, U pay." That's the message from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission during Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

The Washington Traffic Safety Commission says 150 law enforcement agencies around the state, including the Washington State Patrol, are adding patrols looking specifically for drivers distracted by their phones.

"To really put the emphasis on the drivers that driving while you're on your phone, like this guy that just passed us, is extremely dangerous and can ultimately result in a serious crash," said Trooper Jeff Sevigney, as he pursued a distracted driver.

Trooper Sevigney says they see people using their cell phones while driving to either text or talk on the phone on a daily basis.

"So this driver ahead of me had his cell phone up to his left ear when he drove by," Trooper Sevigney explained.

If you get caught doing it, it's a $136 fine.

Troopers will also be devoting their focus to upcoming Mom's Weekend in Pullman.

"Again focusing on dangerous speed, making sure folks have their seat belts on, and again distracted driving so the message to moms is, come to Pullman, have a great weekend, but be safe so you can arrive to your destination without a scratch," Trooper Sevigney said. "That's our goal."

His recommendation: Avoid using your phone, and avoid a ticket, or worse, a crash.

"I encourage drivers to put their phones away to where they don't know what's happening, either turn it off, or put it in a place where you can't get to it when you're driving," he said.

For more information, visit http://wtsc.wa.gov/News/law-enforcement-giving-extra-attention-and-tickets-to-distracted-drivers-april-3-16/