Yakima Police hand out hundreds of citations to people still talking while driving

Yakima Police hand out hundreds of citations to people still talking while driving
YAKIMA, Wash. -- Talking and texting while driving. It's been against the law for two years, yet drivers still do it every day.

Everyone knows or should know by now that using a cell phone behind the wheel is against the law.

"I think it becomes a habit. The phone rings and you automatically go for it," said one Yakima woman.

"It's just something people do on their phones. It's not gonna stop," said a Yakima driver.

"I think a lot of people aren't aware of the rules," said a Yakima student.

The rules are clear. Drivers can't talk or text and only hands-free devices are allowed.

It's a hot button issue that hasn't gone away. In fact, hundreds of you commented about the issue on the KIMA Facebook page.

Captain Rod Light says Yakima officers handed out more than 600 citations last year.

The law says you're not allowed to be on your phone talking or texting while driving, by the way having your phone on speaker, well that's against the law too.

Some drivers say they don't want to follow the rules when they see authorities on the phone.

(KIMA: "Some people have said, I see police driving by on their phones, that's not fair, what do you guys say to that? Is it part of the job?")

"Well, it is part of the job, when the law was enacted there was an exemption placed for officers to be allowed to use their phones," Light said.

Getting caught will cost you $124.

"Certainly it is a bad habit and it's not just a bad habit, it's against the law," Light said.

Two years and plenty of attention given to the law hasn't been enough to stop it.