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West Virginia to begin enforcing texting-driving ban

Violating the law is punishable by a $100 fine for a first offense.

The Associated Press

6/29/2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — Motorists will soon risk getting pulled over and ticketed if they text while driving in West Virginia.

The State Police and other law enforcement agencies plan to start enforcing this part of a new distracted driving law on Sunday.

Also as of July 1, drivers can be cited for hands-on cell phone use. But that violation along cannot trigger a traffic stop until mid-2013.

Violating the law is punishable by a $100 fine for a first offense.

State Police officials say troopers will apply discretion while enforcing the new law. That department and other state agencies hope an ongoing education campaign will help dissuade motorists from this common but dangerous habit.

West Virginia has put up signs along highways and taken other steps to alert people to the looming ban.

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