New Washington driver license test to include marijuana, distracted driving questions

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OLYMPIA, Wash. — It’s now going to be a little tougher to get a driver license in Washington.

The state licensing department said they will be adding more questions to the written portion of the test than in year’s past, with a focus on drugs and cell phones.

The test will be going to 40 questions instead of 25.

One of the big reasons the test will be longer is to focus on prescription drug use and marijuana.

New questions will be added such as how much THC can appear in the system of a driver who is under 21. There will also be questions about distracted driving, including the use of cell phones.

The new driver test notes that it’s illegal to text behind the wheel and asks what the penalty is for reading a text while driving. The answer: a $124 fine.

The state licensing department is hoping to crack down on impaired and distracted driving.

According to AAA, 60 percent of teenage driving deaths involve distraction.

About 30 to 40 percent of people fail their driving tests, but that number is expected to go up with the new tests.