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Law only as good as enforcement
July 17, 2012 - Jim Smith
Judging by the number of motorists I've seen over the last few days talking on their cellphones, I guess that's another law that's only as good as its enforcement.
Yep, that's right, it's illegal to talk on a handheld cellphone as you're buzzing along Grand Central Avenue or any other street, road or Interstate in West Virginia.
It's also an offense to be spotted texting on your cellphone.
The highlight of the past weekend, though, was seeing a woman driving an oversized pickup truck making a right turn while talking on her cellphone, smoking a cigarette, and hold a can of what I hope was a soft drink and not a beer. She made the turn but was far over the centerline while doing it.
While I'm on the topic, it seems far too many oversized trucks and buses have no regard for the centerline on city streets. It would seem many of them have no idea how wide their vehicles are so give plenty of room on their right for parked vehicles by driving with their wheels left of center.
Maybe it's just too much of a pain in the tail feathers for police to stop motorists driving while talking on a cellphone, bus drivers driving over the centerline or other such offenses.
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