New Cell Phone and Seatbelt Laws Go Into Effect in West Va.
The State of West Virginia has launched a new campaign, which started at the beginning of July, to remind motorists about new safe driving laws. A law originally passed in 2012 made talking on a cell phone without a hands-free device a secondary offense, and as of July 1, doing so is now a primary offense in West Va. In addition, as of July 9, it’s a primary offense to drive or ride in a moving vehicle without wearing a seatbelt.
"Distracted driving is a serious threat to roadway safety," Gov. Tomblin said. "During a period of seven days last month, Troopers issued 93 citations for texting while driving, 127 citations for reckless driving, and eight citations for collisions involving distracted driving. This law has been in effect for a year -it's time to put safety first. Turn it off. Put it down. Just Drive."
The state of West Va. also has a website promoting safe driving via a pledge on Tomblin’s website at apps.wv.gov/Portal/SafeDriversPledge/Pledge.aspx.