Cellphone law now in effect for W.Va.
HUNTINGTON -- West Virginia drivers will need to use hands-free devices while using their cellphone starting Monday, July 1.
The new law makes driving while talking on your phone a primary offense, which means police can pull a driver over if they observe that driver using a cellphone inappropriately. Previously, the law made not using a hands-free device a secondary offense, which meant police could cite drivers only if those drivers were pulled over for a different offense.
By October 2013, using a handheld device will be a primary offense in 11 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands, which prohibit all drivers from using handheld cellphones while driving, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association.
There are no laws that ban handheld talking and driving in Kentucky or Ohio, although both prohibit texting while driving. Texting laws in West Virginia and Kentucky are listed as a primary offense already.
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