What You Need to Know about Washington State’s new “Distracted Driving” Law

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On May 16, Gov. Jay Inslee signed into law the updated “Driving Under the Influence of Electronics Act” which goes into effect in mid-July. The law drastically increases penalties for using your smart phone while driving and strengthens the widely ignored existing Washington state hands-free law.

What does this mean for you?

It means it’s time to get the best cell phone holder in the world! Take a look at the new hands free official details if you’re interested in small print. Oh, and there’s also a free drawing for cool stuff at the bottom of the page.

Summary of Updated Distracted Driving Law

  • doubled fines for repeated violations of texting or other uses of a handheld cell phone
  • infractions are reported to your car insurance company
  • offenses are classified as moving violations (big deal for car insurance)

It also let’s cops pull you over if they even suspect you are using your cell phone:

  • looking down: “Uh, no officer, I was just checking the thread count of my seat cover… yep…”)
  • driving too slow: “I thought it was safer to drive ten mph below the speed limit?”
  • drifting/swerving in your lane: “What’s wrong with using all the space in my lane?!?”
  • stopping at a green light/not moving when the light turns green: “Temporary color blindness happens.”

I talked to a traffic cop about this once and he said the number one tell for distracted drivers is looking down. You know what that means?!? It means it’s time for you to buy…

The Best Cell Phone Holder in the World!

I know, that’s a bold statement and rather crude in it’s implementation, but I invite you to prove me wrong by posting a comment with a link to a better cell phone holder.

After trying nearly every type of cell phone holder in existence, I found the Allsop Clingo and for the past three years it’s been the only thing in my car that works to perfection.

2015-05-23-muddy-mountain-road-east-mt-rainier Road trips, city driving, or rutted out forest service roads in the wilderness east of Mt. Rainier, Allsop’s “Clingo” cell phone holder has proven to be steady, strong, and most importantly it keeps my eyes up because my cell phone is within easy reach of my fingertips while my hands are still on the wheel.

The most important thing in having a device in your car is being able to use it while keeping your head up and eyes forward. Ever notice a cop’s dashboard? All the equipment is up high so the cop keeps his eyes up while using his communication gear.

Clingo Universal Hands-Free Car Mount Review (buy now!)

At this time Amazon has a few (more on the way) at a ridiculously low price of $7 which is about 1/3 of what I paid for it. Wow.

I took the two right-hand pics below with my phone which is why my keys are stuck to the cell phone holder. If I were driving, my fingertips could easy reach my keys, which is impossible since they’d be in the ignition. But you get the point.

Clingo Universal Hands-Free Car Mount Review Clingo Universal Hands-Free Car Mount Review Clingo Cel Phone Holder Review

Clingo Universal Hands-Free Car Mount
I rate this an easy 10/10


  • Fits all cell phones and mini-tablets
  • Super flexible positioning so your camera is never covered
  • Perfect for dash cam apps because it’s rock solid – no bouncing or flexing
  • Good for fingertip phone usage while hands are on the wheel
  • Fits on windshield or dash
  • Longevity – mine is almost three years old and still works perfect.
  • Great price!


  • None!

Every four to six months when it gets dirty or dusty enough to lose some stickiness I’ll wash the sticky pad with warm soapy water and let it air dry which makes like new again.

Extra Fun Stuff: Messing With Cell Addicts

Waiting at a Stop Light

If the person in the car next to you is busy on their phone, lay on the horn for 10 or so seconds, long enough that you’ve broken at least three unsaid rules about how long to use your car horn. This will usually cause the errant cell phone user to look up in panic, with real fear in their eyes.

If the person behind you is looking down or otherwise lost in their phone, lay on your horn and jerk your car forward a foot or less. This will create a similar sort panic reaction in the car behind you. Just don’t do this if you have a new car because you might get rear ended (although it will be their fault.)

Walking Cell Phone Zombies

If someone is walking at you in a state of cell phone comatosis, wait until they are about five feet away then clap your hands once as loud as you can. I learned this in Hong Kong and it works with often seriously funny results. One time a kit tossed their phone in the air and had to dance like a beginner fire dancer who’s feet couldn’t take the heat.

Free Contest and Drawing!

The folks at Clingo were kind enough to send me one of these cell phone holders as well as a couple other nifty products from their Digital Innovations lineup. Enter your email address below for a chance to win one of these items.

1. The Nest which is a clever tangle-free Earphones, earbuds, USB, and other cable soft wrap/storage device.

2. Screen Dr. which is an alcohol and ammonia free all-in-one screen cleaning and storage solution for monitors, tablets, cell phones, and other items.

3. Universal Cell Phone Mount which as you may have read in the review above, completely and utterly rocks to the point that it couldn’t have possibly been invented on Earth.

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