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If you occasionally check your email or send instant messages on your smartphone while driving, the Washington Traffic Safety Commission wants to put you on notice.

They're seeking support from state lawmakers to propose a stiffer no-smartphone-while-driving law in the next legislative session.

The commission reports distracted driving is a factor in 30 percent of the state's traffic fatalities.

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You’ve probably heard the slogan “Click It or Ticket” to promote seat belt safety.

Now, Washington state is joining in a new national campaign to target people who text and drive.

Special patrols will be out statewide, starting tomorrow and this campaign comes with its own snappy slogan as well. 

It could soon be a lot more expensive to be caught texting while driving in Oregon. State lawmakers voted Sunday to double the maximum fine for texting behind the wheel to $500.

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Beginning this summer, texting will be illegal for drivers across all three Northwest states. Idaho Governor Butch Otter signed a bill Thursday that outlaws texting while driving on Idaho roads. But in the age of the smartphone, text messages aren’t the only distraction on the tiny screen. Jessica Robinson looked into what else falls under the ban.

Texting While Driving May Soon Be Banned In Idaho

Mar 20, 2012
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Idaho lawmakers are one step closer to signing off on a bill that would ban texting while driving.

For years state lawmakers have tried to pass legislation that would make it illegal to text and drive. This year may be different because Tuesday the House agreed to a bill that would make texting while driving an infraction. Supporters say this would send a strong message to drivers, especially teenagers, that it's dangerous to text and drive.