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Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Fine For Using Handheld Phone While Driving Could Double
The punishment for using a handheld phone while driving in Washington State could get tougher under a proposal introduced last week by a member of the Transportation Committee.
Tracey Eide, D-Des Moines, suggested doubling fines for repeat offenders. The current penalty is $124 for first and all offenses. If caught using a handheld phone, it would also go on your driver's record.
SRTC is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for Spokane County. Urbanized areas with populations exceeding 50,000 people are required to have an MPO. SRTC was formed to address the county's transportation planning needs. It provides coordination in planning between the public, cities, small towns, the county, the state, transit providers, and tribes.
SRTC offers services including transportation monitoring, transportation modeling, census information analysis, travel demand forecasting, historical traffic count analysis, geographic information systems, and trip generation rates.