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W.Va. convictions mount for distracted driving

May. 06, 2013 @ 10:12 AM

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — In the first 10 months since a West Virginia law banned driving while texting or talking on a hand-held cell phone, 125 offenders have been convicted of doing just that.

The Charleston Gazette said the number of convictions was based on data from the Division of Motor Vehicles.

With 13 convictions, Beckley Municipal Court had the largest number of convictions. It was followed by Berkeley County, with 12.  Kanawha County reported 10 convictions.

The Legislature passed Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s distracted-driving bill last year.

Drivers caught texting while behind the wheel face fines of $100 for a first offense, $200 for a second violation and $300 for subsequent offenses.

Using a handheld cellphone to talk becomes a primary offense July 1.



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