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Distractions can kill
April 2, 2013 - Jim Smith
The AAA has offered some highly useful suggestions concerning cellphones for those of us taking to the road this spring and summer for vacation and weekend trips.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports more than 3,000 people are killed and nearly 500,000 million are injured each year in crashes involving distraction, many of them involving cellphones and text messaging. Laws governing should actions vary from state to state, but here area few in our region.
In West Virginia, both texting and us of handheld cellphones are illegal while driving. Texting is a primary offense and use of a handheld cellphone is a secondary offense until July, when it becomes a primary offense. The fine for either violation is $100 for first offense, $200 for second and $300 for third and each additional offense.
In Kentucky, it is illegal to send or read text messages while driving. The fine is $25 for first-time offenders and $50 for additional violations.
In New York, handheld cellphone use and texting are both banned by a driver. The fine is $150.
In Ohio, texting while driving is a secondary offense. The fine can be $150. In addition, several Ohio towns and cities ban handheld cellphone use while driving.
In Pennsylvania, texting while driving is illegal and violators face a $50 fine.
In West Virginia and Ohio, there have been a few motorists cited for illegal use of their cellphones, which after such use becomes a primary offense in West Virginia in July, the numbers unfortunately probably will increase since too many motorists just can't seem to get through their heads that cellphone use and driving is a dangerous combination..
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