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‘Put the phone down!’: 60 E-DUI tickets issued in 3 hours in Lake Forest Park

The Lake Forest Park Police Department says more distracted driving patrols are coming this summer after 60 tickets were issued in three hours.

The Lake Forest Park Police Department has a message for drivers: "Put the Phone Down!!!”

The department did a three-hour distracted driver emphasis on Thursday and wrote more than 60 tickets for cell phone and other violations.

Lake Forest Park PD said in a Facebook post they had their reader boards up for two days before Thursday’s distracted driving emphasis. Around half of the drivers who received a ticket told police they saw the warning signs but were still holding their cell phones.

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The grace period for Washington’s “Driving Under the Influence of Electronics" law, also known as E-DUI, ended on January 1, 2018. Drivers may not hold cell phones or watch videos while they are driving, stopped in traffic, or at a stop light. That includes tablets, laptops, games, or any hand-held electronic devices.

The first offense will cost drivers $136. A second ticket will cost $234. A driver’s insurance company will also be notified of a cell phone ticket.

“You can expect more emphasis patrols coming this summer,” the post ended. “This has to stop.”