Washington Hands-Free Law Starts 7/1: Northwest Drivers Prepare

WHAT: Starting July 1, 2008, motorists must use hands-free devices when talking on their cellphones in the state of Washington. Verizon Wireless representatives are available for interviews on options, criteria for choosing hands-free devices, programming Bluetooth devices, what customers are buying and responsible driving tips.

HOW MUCH: Hands-free accessories range in price from about $15-$150.

WHEN: The day the law goes into effect: Tuesday, July 1, 2008.

WHERE: Verizon Wireless Communication Stores throughout WA and northern OR (please call 206.940.0385 for nearest location) including Bellingham, Kennewick, Seattle, Spokane, Tacoma, Wenatchee, Vancouver, Yakima, and Portland, OR.

WHY: The company led the industry in requiring device manufactures to provide cellphones equipped with a universal headset jack and voice-activated dialing. In addition, Verizon Wireless offers free shipping of hands-free car kits, headsets and ear pieces ordered online.

About Verizon WirelessVerizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving 67.2 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 69,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). For more information, go to: www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.