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    Effective July 23, 2017 Washington State has enacted one of the nation’s toughest distracted driving laws after legislators passed a bill outlawing nearly every conceivable form of attention-diverting behavior behind the wheel.

    The bottom line….

    What does it mean when a law is “void for vagueness” or “overbroad …

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    How does “choice of law” affect judgments? … If the average citizen cannot figure out from reading the law what he should or should not do, a court may find that …

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    Inslee’s WA State Distracted Drivers Law may have ambiguous inclusion?

    “INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO”  This phrase is used to indicate that a list is not necessarily exhaustive.

    In other words, when you don’t want someone to get the impression that whatever you’re saying applies only the items on the list.

    It means that those things are included, but other things you haven’t mentioned could be included as well, as ALL OF THE ABOVE

    OR, ARE THE DRIVING DISTRACTION TICKETS AND FINES et al, TO BE LEFT TO THE DISCRETION OF THE WSP OFFICER THAT PULLS OVER,  OR NOTICES A RUNNING VEHICLE, WITH A  DRIVER IN THE VEHICLE, WHERE EVER THE VEHICLE IS PARKED, WITH A DRIVER DOING WHATEVER HE’S DOING, WITH WHATEVER HE’S DOING IT WITH IN HIS VEHICLE?

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    IGNORANCE OF THE LAW IS NO EXCUSE

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     A LAW BASED ON STATISTICS?

    October 19, 2016 Olympia-  The phenomenon of driving while distracted is growing.  According to the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, fatalities caused by distracted driving increased by 30.8% in 2015.

    STATISTICS are like bikinis. What they reveal is suggestive, but what they conceal is vital.’

    STATISTICS – and research in general – is carried out by *people*. PEOPLE HAVE MOTIVATIONS.

    Then again, by now we know WASHINGTON GOVERNOR JAY INSLEE doesn’t have the highest regard for human drivers in all our glorious fallibility. And he kept beating that drum at a distracted driving awareness event in the state capital on Monday.

    Governor Inslee also vetoed a provision of the original bill that would have delayed its implementation until 2019, reminding the crowd in Olympia that A DISTRACTED DRIVER IS JUST AS BAD AS A DRUNK ONE—and that the issue is too urgent to wait.

    STATISTICS  ON DRUNK AND DRUGGED DRIVERS

    DRUNK DRIVING  ACCOUNTS FOR 32 PERCENT  OF ALL TRAFFIC-RELATED DEATHS add, 10 % OF MARIJUANA RELATED FATAL CAR ACCIDENTS

    July 21, 2017  Washington State Patrol WSP has more life saving priorities.

    Jun 3, 2016, After alcohol, marijuana is the drug most often found in the blood of drivers involved in crashes. … Along with marijuana, PRESCRIPTION DRUGS ARE ALSO COMMONLY LINKED TO DRUGGED DRIVING CRASHES.

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    AND,  JUN 23, 2017 – DRUG DEATHS… FATAL OVERDOSES SURPASSED SHOOTING DEATHS AND FATAL TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS

    JULY 21, 2017  WASHINGTON STATE PATROL WSP HAS MORE LIFE SAVING OPPORTUNITIES

    Investigative Assistance Division – Washington State Patrol

    www.wsp.wa.gov/crime/iad.htm

    … Section participate in 14 local and 4 Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) task forces. …

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    Washington State DUI Statistics [infographic]. DRUNK DRIVING ACCOUNTED FOR 32 PERCENT OF ALL TRAFFIC-RELATED DEATHS IN THE UNITED STATES in 2009

    Marijuana-related fatal car accidents surge in Washington state after …

    www.washingtontimes.com/…/2016/…/marijuana-related-fatal-car-accidents-surge-wa…

    ROUGHLY 10 PERCENT OF WASHINGTON STATE DRIVERS INVOLVED IN FATAL CAR CRASHES between … MARIJUANA-RELATED FATAL CAR ACCIDENTS SURGE IN WASHINGTON STATE AFTER LEGALIZATION … By Andrea Noble – The Washington Times – Tuesday, May 10, 2016.

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     BIKINI  STATISTICS ON GOV JAY INSLEE’S  WA STATE DISTRACTED DRIVERS LAW

    STATISTICS ? What they reveal is suggestive, but what they conceal is vital.’

    “Facts are stubborn, but statistics are more pliable.”

    Statistics – and research in general – is carried out by *people*. PEOPLE HAVE MOTIVATIONS.

    WASHINGTON GOVERNOR JAY INSLEE (D) HAD HIS MOTIVATIONS.

    AND, HE HAD HIS STATISTICS…..

     15% INCLUDED PASSENGER DISTRACTION

     12% INCLUDED CELL PHONE DISTRACTION

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    THE STARTLING STATISTICS ON DISTRACTED YOUNG DRIVERS?

    58% OF TEEN DRIVERS INVOLVED IN MODERATE TO SEVERE CRASHES WERE DISTRACTED

    24% OF YOUNG DRIVERS INVOLVED IN WASHINGTON FATAL CRASHES WERE DISTRACTED IN 2015, 

     According to the Department of Licensing, 24% OF YOUNG DRIVERS INVOLVED IN WASHINGTON FATAL CRASHES WERE DISTRACTED IN 2015, up from 18% in 2008. Videos taken inside teenage driver’s car seconds before a crash reveal some startling statistics. Out of 1,700 videos taken:

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    Washington State Targets All Forms of Distracted Driving With New ‘E …

    www.thedrive.com/news/…/washington-state-targets-all-forms-of-distracted-driving-w…

    3 days ago – Washington State Targets All Forms of Distracted Driving With NewWashington’s new EDUI law will undoubtedly be a sticking point for …

    July 18, 2017 The Drive · Kyle Cheromcha View Kyle Cheromcha’s Articles

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    Fresh off its efforts to end the scourge of left-lane slowpokes, Washington State is preparing to enact one of the nation’s toughest distracted driving laws after legislators passed a bill outlawing nearly every conceivable form of attention-diverting behavior behind the wheel.

    Starting Sunday, drivers will no longer be allowed to use handheld devices at all, even while stopped in traffic or doing something as simple as scrolling through a playlist. Say goodbye to your red light selfies and social media spot-checks; officers who spot a driver with a phone in hand at any time for any reason can issue a ticket starting at $136, and repeat offenders will see that fine rise to $234 per violation.

    Additionally, a whole slew of other common sights—smoking, eating, drinking, reading, and “grooming”—are now secondary offenses, meaning drivers can be handed a $99 ticket for any of these actions if they’re pulled over for something else. So that guy you see on your morning commute making the illegal merge while shaving and eating his McMuffin is in for a rude awakening.

    Washington’s new E-DUI law will undoubtedly be a sticking point for some people. We can all agree that texting (and reading, and grooming, and sometimes eating) is indeed distracting when controlling a multi-ton vehicle, and therefore probably shouldn’t be allowed. But can the same be said for drinking a bottle of water? Or smoking a cigarette? It can be argued that anything other driving is a distraction behind the wheel, but it doesn’t take too much effort to imagine a driver suing the state over a disputed ticket and the law’s true intent.

    Then again, by now we know Washington governor Jay Inslee doesn’t have the  highest regard for human drivers in all our glorious fallibility. And he kept beating that drum at a distracted driving awareness event in the state capital on Monday. Governor Inslee also vetoed a provision of the original bill that would have delayed its implementation until 2019, reminding the crowd in Olympia that a distracted driver is just as bad as a drunk one—and that the issue is too urgent to wait.

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    Does (D)  Inslee’s WA State Distracted Drivers Law have this ambiguous inclusion?

    “INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO”  This phrase is used to indicate that a list is not necessarily exhaustive.

    In other words, when you don’t want someone to get the impression that whatever you’re saying applies only the items on the list.

    It means that those things are included, but other things you haven’t mentioned could be included as well, as ALL OF THE ABOVE

    OR, ARE THE DRIVING DISTRACTION TICKETS AND FINES et al, TO BE LEFT TO THE DISCRETION OF THE WSP OFFICER THAT PULLS OVER,  OR NOTICES A RUNNING VEHICLE, WITH A  DRIVER IN THE VEHICLE, WHERE EVER THE VEHICLE IS PARKED, WITH A DRIVER DOING WHATEVER HE’S DOING, WITH WHATEVER HE’S DOING IT WITH IN HIS VEHICLE?

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    The bottom line

    After reading nearly everything about this new law on line for six hours, I’m so confused

    What does it mean when a law is “void for vagueness” or “overbroad …

    www.rotlaw.com › Legal Library › Procedure

    How does “choice of law” affect judgments? … If the average citizen cannot figure out from reading the law what he should or should not do, a court may find that …