If you’re on the phone while driving and have your hands on your cell instead of the wheel, that could mean a misdemeanor charge in West Virginia.
Legislation passed 80-18 by the House to the Senate aims to limit drivers to hands-free devices.
The measure targets hands-on talking and texting with wireless devices, including cell phones and computers.
But violating the proposed law could not be the primary reason for a traffic stop. The House also limited the maximum penalty to a $25 fine.
The bill exempts emergency calls as well as devices not deemed wireless, such as CB radios.
Several states are considering such a measure this year, and at least six already ban hand-held phone use by all drivers.
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