EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSTOMBLIN SAFE DRIVING
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Governor Announces Safety Awareness Campaign That Targets Texting While Driving
Reported by: Bethany Simmons
Web Producer: Bethany Simmons
Also Contributing: Amy Shuler Goodwin
Reported: Sep. 19, 2012 9:59 AM EDT
Updated: Sep. 19, 2012 12:18 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
West Virginia officials will launched a safety awareness campaign against texting behind the wheel Wednesday at the state Capitol.
As part of the "Drive. Hands-Free." public safety campaign, those traveling through West Virginia will see the message "Drive. Hands-Free. Don't Text and Drive" on all interstate and turnpike message boards between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.
"In a moment of distraction, life can change in an instant. Please, don't let your last words be a text," said Gov. Tomblin. "Together, we will make our roads safer."
"Texting and driving is a deadly combination and, thanks to the leadership of Governor Tomblin and the West Virginia Legislature, it is now against the law," said West Virginia Department of Transportation Secretary Paul Mattox. "We have been working diligently to remind the traveling public of its dangers in an effort to help curb this epidemic."
As of July 1, 2012 it became a primary driving offense to text while driving and a secondary driving offense to talk on a hand-held cell phone while driving in West Virginia.
Starting July 1, 2013, talking on a hand-held cell phone while driving becomes a primary offense-enabling police officers to pull you over and ticket you.
George Washington High School Senior Savanna Kimble says she makes it a point to keep her phone out of mind and out of sight while she is in the car.
You can take the safe driver pledge now by logging onto www.governor.wv.gov. West Virginia is one of many states using highway signs today to encourage cell phone users to make a lifelong commitment to safety by pledging to not text and drive.
You can also take the Eyewitness News No Txt Zone Pledge at http://www.wchstv.com/shared/news/features/ntz/
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