Thousands of Washington State drivers warned about cellphone use

The Washington State Patrol has stopped and issued warnings to almost 4,800 motorists for DUI-E, driving under the influence of electronic devices like their cellphones.

Starting in January, they’ll be issuing tickets that will cost $136 for the first offense and $234 for each subsequent offense of typing, texting, watching a video or doing almost anything that requires more than one finger movement on a cellphone or other electronic device.