Holding a phone while driving in Washington state becomes illegal in 2019 once Gov. Jay Inslee signs a distracted driving measure passed by the Legislature.
"I am just thrilled that we have been able to forge a step forward on distracted driving," Inslee said Thursday. "Pain and suffering and tragedy caused by this inattentiveness is very hard to bear."
A date has not yet been set for the bill to be signed, though it will happen within the next few weeks.
Current law only prohibits texting or holding a phone to the ear while driving, but under the measure passed by both chambers Wednesday, drivers would be prohibited from holding an electronic...