Police across the Washington state are out in full force looking for distracted drivers and seatbelt violations with additional emphasis patrols.
The patrols, which started Monday, run through June 1 in Spokane, Whitman, Pend Oreille and Ferry counties.
It's a fairly simple concept: When you're behind the wheel, your eyes should be on the road and no where else. But the last time Washington cops cracked down on distracted driving they handed out more than 2,500 tickets in just five days, so they're sending the message again, put the phone down or pay the price.
Distracted driving is more than just talking or texting on your cell phone.
"Anything that distracts you in your cars and takes your attention away from your driving could be a ticketable offense," Spokane Police Officer Teresa Fuller said.
Those tickets start out at $124. If you're charged with aggressive or negligent driving because of your distraction you could pay as much as $550 or more.