I drive all the time around Tacoma and surrounding areas, and I see many drivers still using their cell phones even though it is illegal. The idea of ticketing them is fine, but the amount does not seem to be enough of a deterrent.
I think that the fine should be at least $1,000 for a first offense and $5,000 for the next. This should at least make people stop and think about whether it is worth it to use their cell or wait until they can pull off the road and make the call. The fines would also help increase police budgets without raising taxes, and save some lives.