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If you're reading this on your phone while driving, stop it. Especially if you're a young neurotic extroverted guy who drives a lot.

Two seconds of attention to the insistent beeping and blinking of our mobile phones or simply changing the radio station accounts for at least 12 percent of car accidents worldwide and 14 percent of them in the U.S., according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.

Police in Honolulu on Wednesday will begin writing tickets for people who get distracted by their cellphones while walking in a crosswalk. Honolulu is the first major city in the country to pass such a law, citing a high rate of pedestrians being hit in crosswalks.

"Starting today, texting while walking in a crosswalk can get you a ticket," Hawaii Public Radio's Bill Dorman reports for our Newscast unit. "In fact, a downward glance at a screen of any kind will cost you — a phone, a tablet, a video game."

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Bill Radke speaks with Washington State Patrol Trooper Chase VanCleave about the new distracted driving law. Trooper VanCleave gets into the difference between primary offenses and secondary offense in the law.

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray rejects a call for him to resign after a Seattle Times report that an Oregon child-welfare investigator concluded Murray had sexually abused his foster son in the 1980s.

Washington's new distracted driving law starts this weekend. You already couldn't hold your phone up to your ear. Now anything more than the "minimal use of a finger" will cost you a $136 fine.

And bike share is back in Seattle, with a new idea: leave the bike where ever you want to when you're done riding it. Will it work?

Having a phone in your hand while driving could cost you $136 under the new law.
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A change in a Washington state law aims to crack down on distracted driving. It takes effect on July 23.

We all know that cellphones and driving can be a dangerous mix, and yet a quick glance at the sound of a ping can be irresistible to many motorists.

So beyond turning off your cellphone or leaving it at home, Apple has a new solution aimed at keeping drivers' eyes off the screen and on the road. When Apple's iOS 11 update comes out this fall, it will include a "Do Not Disturb While Driving" mode.

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This week the man accusing Seattle Mayor Ed Murray of sexually abusing him when he was 15 has revealed his identity. D.H. is Delvonn Heckard, a 46-year-old Kent man. Murray once again denied ever having a sexual relationship with Heckard.

Meanwhile, Seattle's mayoral race just grew by two candidates. Former mayor Mike McGinn announced he will be running along with waterfront activist Cary Moon.

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The attorney for Seattle Mayor Ed Murray says a doctor's exam knocks down a key claim made by a man accusing the mayor of sexual assault, and the case should be dropped.

A United Airlines passenger threatens to sue the airline after the entire internet watches video of police dragging him out of his seat and off the plane.

Washington state lawmakers want you to put down your phone behind the wheel, even at red lights.

And the Mariners unveil a statue of Ken Griffey, Jr., just in time to turn around their rough start to the 2017 season.

All with guest host Luke Burbank in front of a live studio audience.