EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSSome Distracted Drivers On Monday Paid The Price With A Ticket
from Eyewitness News Online
Reported by: Leslie Rubin
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Jul. 1, 2013 1:45 PM EDT
Updated: Sep. 3, 2013 4:23 PM EDT
South Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
Some distracted drivers in the area who had their cell phones in their hand on Monday were handed something else a traffic citation.
In just a 30-minute period that Eyewitness News was with South Charleston police, they gave out two citations to drivers who violated the law. Monday was the first day that motorists could be pulled for talking on a phone without a hands-free feature. Violators face a $100 fine for a first offense.
Hands-on cellphone use has been against the law since last July 1. But until Monday, drivers could not be pulled over solely for that violation.
State officials said distracted driving can have serious consequences besides a hefty fine:
-- You are 23 times more likely to get into a crash if you are texting while driving.
-- Cell phone use while driving has the same effect on a drivers reaction time as having the legal limit of blood alcohol concentration.
West Virginia has joined 40 other states in banning texting while driving. It is one of 11 states that prohibit all drivers from using handheld cell phones while driving.
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