Do you still talk or text and drive? Fewer people in the state are being distracted while they drive and that's driving down the distracted driving fatality rate in Washington State. April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month and According to the Washington Traffic Safety Commission recent information shows a decrease in distraction-related fatalities since 2017, when the Driving Under the Influence of Electronics Act (E-DUI) went into effect.
155 died in 2016 the year before the law was passed. But two years later in 2019, 33 fewer distracted driving-related deaths happened.  A news release from the WTSC says traffic safety officials also estimate that Washington’s driver distraction rate was 6.8 percent in 2019, based on the 2019 Statewide Distracted Driving Observational Study.