State law prohibits drivers from using handheld cell phones while operating a vehicle. Calls on handheld devices to report an emergency are permitted (WA Rev. Code Sec. 46.61.667).
Drivers under the age of 18 may not use any type of cell phone.
State law prohibits all drivers from writing, sending, or reading text messages while operating a vehicle. Sending text messages to report an emergency is permitted (WA Rev. Code Sec. 46.61.668).