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286 W.Va. distracted driving citations since July

Dec. 09, 2013 @ 09:29 AM

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) -- More than 280 motorists have been cited for distracted driving violations in West Virginia since a new law went into effect July 1.

The law makes using a handheld cellphone while driving a primary offense. It also bans texting while driving.

Fines for both offenses are the same, $100 for a first offense and $200 for a second violation. Subsequent offenses carry $300 fines.

Beckley police Capt. Lonnie Christian tells The Register-Herald (http://bit.ly/1dgd21g ) that officers with the Governor's Highway Safety Program issued 286 citations and gave 108 warnings to motorists from July 1 to Nov. 30.

Christian says the law aims to ensure that drivers have their hands on the wheel and are concentrating on what's in front of them.

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