Bills Aim to Stop Texting While Driving

By: Violet Ikonomova Email
By: Violet Ikonomova Email

Sending a text message from behind the wheel may soon be illegal in West Virginia and Ohio.

The West Virginia House of Delegates passed a law Thursday that would make the act punishable by a fine.

Fines for first time offenders would be $100, $200 for second time offenders and $400 for those caught beyond that.

Law enforcement officials still wouldn't be able to pull drivers over for texting, but they could issue a citation if it appears to have been the cause of a traffic infraction.

Meanwhile a similar, but more strict, bill has been introduced in the Ohio House: The potential law would make texting while driving a primary offense, meaning motorists could be pulled over if seen reading or sending a text from behind the wheel. Those caught would be subject to a misdemeanor and $150 fine.


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