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July 21, 2013

Despite law, few citations being issued for cellphone use while driving

FAIRMONT — On July 1 of this year, it became illegal in the state of West Virginia to text or otherwise use a cellular device while driving without some sort of hands-free device.

That was three weeks ago.

And while Marion County law enforcement agencies have begun to issue citations for people who can’t seem to hang up, they still have much work ahead of them in the fight against distracted driving.

A year ago, the state Legislature passed the law making texting while driving a primary offense, which went into effect at the beginning of July 2012. Police officers are allowed to pull drivers over and issue a traffic citation if they witness a driver committing a primary offense.

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