YAKIMA, Wash. -- Police caught a lot more people talking on their cell phones or texting while driving here in Yakima. Officers already wrote up more than 500 drivers for talking on their cell phones so far this year. That's almost double last year. Just nine people were cited for texting behind the wheel while Yakima police didn't give any tickets for texting last year. Police said it's easier to spot drivers holding a phone to their ear than prove a driver is texting. Some people said they saw drivers breaking the law every day.
"There's usually 4 out of 10 and that's distracting of what they're supposed to be doing," said William Brown.
Police said there's some talk of increasing the fines for these rules. That decision would come from state lawmakers.
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