W.Va. safety effort targets texting while driving

CHARLESTON (AP) — Motorists throughout West Virginia are getting a reminder not to text while driving.

Message boards along the interstates and the West Virginia Turnpike are displaying the drive hands-free slogan Wednesday as part of an ongoing safety campaign.

Texting can get you pulled over and fined $100 under a new state law. The law also bans hands-on phone use, but that won’t be a primary offense triggering a traffic stop until July 2013.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin proposed the distracted driving legislation. He highlighted the ongoing Division of Highways safety campaign at the state Capitol Wednesday.

Tomblin is asking parents and their young drivers to talk about this safety issue. The governor’s message: a moment of distraction can change life in an instant; don’t let your last words be a text.

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