Washington State Sen. Rebecca Saldaña of Seattle has apologized after she participated in a legislative video hearing Tuesday morning while she drove a car to Olympia, noting her attempt to multitask was unlawful.
(TNS) — State Sen. Rebecca Saldaña, D-
Her attempt to multitask was "not in compliance with the law," she said.
Saldaña, vice chair of the
"I'm driving my old vehicle right now, and a lot of Washingtonians have to drive farther if they're in rural communities, or if they're low income, they make do with their gas vehicle for longer and don't necessarily have the opportunity to buy a Tesla or a hydrogen
In January, she had suggested $2.5 billion be provided for clean-fuel subsidies and conversions.
Saldaña said she meant to disable the video and only use audio functions. She also wore lightweight ear buds; the law forbids earphones if they block outside sounds such as ambulances. And she didn't commit the illegal act of handling a device. The standard citation fine is $136 for a first offense.
"I have supported legislation about penalties for distracted driving, and like all drivers in
Hands-free phone calls remain legal in
At any moment, about 9.4% of drivers use a cellphone in violation of the law, according to observations by the
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