The Senate has approved a bill that would allow police to ticket drivers for texting or talking on their cellphones while on the road.
Monday’s unanimous vote sends the bill to the House of Delegates, which is considering its own measure to curb distracted driving on West Virginia’s roads.
Police could stop drivers seen texting but they would need a primary offense, such as speeding, to stop drivers seen talking on cellphones. Drivers would be allowed to use hands-free technology to make calls or send texts. Police and commercial drivers using radios would be exempt.
Violating the prohibition on texting or talking on handheld cellphones would cost drivers a $50 fine.