It's time to put the cell phone down or be ticketed. Law enforcement around the state of Washington will conduct emphasis patrols to pull people over talking or texting for the next two weeks.
Troopers say texting while driving is so dangerous that if you text your friend "be there soon," your head may be down for 4 or 5 seconds. By the time you look up, you've traveled more than 100 yards with your head down.
"A lot can happen in that time traffic can slow down, cars change lanes, an animal's in the road, you never know," Trooper Morgan Mehaffey said.
It's really amazing all the tools troopers have to track down law-breakers. Trooper Mehaffey even has a radar on the back of his patrol car to tell if you're speeding behind him. But all he needs to tell your talking on the phone is a set of eyes.
"Got a little chicken wing sitting up there," he said about one driver talking on his phone.
For the next two weeks, four more WSP troopers in Spokane will cruise the freeways eye-balling texting, cell phone talking, no-seat-belt-wearing drivers.