286 W.Va. Distracted Driving Citations Since July

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) - More than 280 drivers are cited in West Virginia for not following a new distracted driving law.

The law that went into effect July 1 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 says 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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