West Virginia House Targets Drivers’ Cell Phone Use

March 31, 2009

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.

Topics Personal Auto Virginia West Virginia

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