The Times West Virginian

June 30, 2013

‘It’s a matter of highway safety’

Cellphone use without hands-free device to become primary offense Monday

By Jonathan Williams
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — At the moment you’re reading this, around 660,000 drivers are operating cellphones to call or text someone from behind the wheel, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute says that simple act triples your likelihood of getting into a traffic accident.

Last year, the state of West Virginia took steps to cut down on distracted driving, passing a law that turned texting-while-driving into a primary offense, meaning police officers can pull you over and issue you a citation if they see you doing it.

This year, the state hopes to whittle down the number of distracted drivers even further. Monday, driving while using a cellphone without a hands-free device will become a primary offense as well.

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