W.Va. May Again Look At Cell Phone Ban

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- If not for a last-minute amendment this year, West Virginia would likely have a partial ban on cell phone use while driving.

Kanawha County delegate Nancy Peoples Guthrie says she doesn't plan to waste that momentum.

The democrat says an interim committee is crafting a bill that will aim at banning texting outright for drivers while possibly restricting talking on cell phones.

Guthrie hopes that a proposal in Washington to make millions of dollars available to states that adopt such laws will help the legislation.

This year, Guthrie's bill passed the house by a wide margin but failed in the senate on the final day of the session.

An unrelated amendment was added to the bill, which effectively killed it as time expired.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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  • by Centrist Location: the hills on Nov 4, 2009 at 04:48 PM
    I hate to see our government attempt to force people to use common sense, but I can't believe the number of people I see on the highways texting on phones. I am a firm believer that cellphone usage is inversely proportional to the importance of what is being communicated. I'll reword that for those out there with dazed looks in their eyes... the more you talk, the less you have to say.
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