Sunday, January 23, 2011
Texting While Driving Ban Makes Its Way To Senate
Currently, 30 states and the District of Columbia ban driving and texting for all drivers. At this time in West Virginia only novice drivers are prohibited from texting. A bill banning texting and driving has made its way to the Senate. Senate Bill 209 would prohibit a person from operating a motor vehicle while writing, sending or reading a text message. The bill would also make it illegal for drivers to text while vehicles are temporarily stationed because of traffic or other momentary delays. However, the proposed law would allow drivers to send, write or read text messages, in emergency situations, to contact law-enforcement officials. Any persons caught texting while driving, in non-emergency situations, would be guilty of a misdemeanor and a fine of $50, for a second offense $100, and for a third or subsequent offense be fined $200.
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