Effective July 23, 2017 Washington State will enact a law that limits the use of cell phone, tablet, two-way messaging device or electronic game while operating a motor vehicle on the road (even while stopped). It will be against the law to hold or operate a phone while driving.
Have you ever done any of these while driving?
✔ Accessed your music
✔ Checked messages
✔ Checked Social Media
✔ Searched for a phone number
✔ Entered a location
✔ Checked traffic
✔ Reviewed your calendar
✔ Checked voice-mail
✔ Held your phone while driving - even with speakerphone
$136 Standard Traffic Fine for 1st Offense
$235 fine for 2nd Offense
Insurance companies will be notified
What if it is an emergency?
One of the few exceptions is to contact emergency services. Otherwise, you are to have your wireless device secured in a phone mount or otherwise out of your hands. Even in a cell phone mount the only allowed use is the (5)(c)(ii) “minimal use of a finger to activate, deactivate, or initiate a function of the device.” This law means no more holding your phone away from your ear on speakerphone or texting your friend that you’re running late (even at a red light). Fortunately, Car Toys can help.
How We Can Help
Car Toys carries a wide selection of products that can assist with being a safer driver by allowing you to keep your eyes on the road more often and helping you to comply with the increasing number of distracted driving laws across the country. From Navigation receivers with CarPlay built in, to Cell Phone Mounts and Bluetooth car kits, Car Toys has solutions in every price range that can assist in not only avoiding a ticket but also hopefully making your commute much safer.
The universal cell phone mount will give you the ability to activate a function of your device and use whatever features are allowed by law, which if you are in Washington State is very limited. This is a good option for people who would like to follow the phone's built-in GPS or activate other essential device features.
A Bluetooth hands-free car kit is an excellent choice for connecting your wireless device to your factory stereo. This will allow you to make and receive phone calls, and in many cases streaming audio for music. Be careful though; some of these Bluetooth units may require that you control these features through your phone.
Depending on your particular needs Apple CarPlay or Android Auto aftermarket receivers might be the best option for you. If you are looking to add a mix of great features and safety, you should consider one of these units. CarPlay-enabled receivers, through Siri, allow you to control many of the features of your Apple iPhone such as music, maps, messaging, and phone calls. Similarly, Android Auto has a very robust voice-command feature powered by Google. Just say “OK Google” or press and hold the voice command button on your steering wheel, or touch-screen interface to activate voice commands. Just like CarPlay-enabled receivers you can make and receive phone calls, access your messages, get turn-by-turn directions, and much more!