The Times West Virginian

June 30, 2013

Texting-while-driving ban appears to cut into problem

By Jonathan Williams
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — While it’s difficult to fully ascertain how West Virginia’s ban on texting-while-driving has cut down on the behavior, law-enforcement officers say they see less of it than they used to.

“I don’t see a lot of texting out here,” said Sgt. Michael Baylous of the West Virginia State Police. “I know it happens, but in general I just don’t see a lot of texting.”

In the year since the ban went into effect, law enforcement throughout the state have collectively written citations resulting in more than 100 convictions. Those numbers, however, don’t tell the full story.

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