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New Distracted Driving Law in Effect

If you are used to driving around West Virginia while chatting on your cell phone, it’s time to get a hands-free version. Our distracted driving law takes effect July 1st and police officers are expected to aggressively enforce it.

With almost 70% of US drivers admitting they use a cell phone or other electronic device while driving, the issue of safety spurned legislators to crack down. If the police observe you are using an electronic item (not just a cell phone) that requires you to hold it, they can now pull you over and issue a citation. This also allows officers to initiate a stop, giving probable cause to question the driver, check documents and generally investigate.

Quite often, an initial stop for one offense leads to an arrest for a more serious crime. If officers stop a motorist for a cell phone violation, they are allowed to use their experience and observations to generate a search request, sometimes leading to drug or other crimes being discovered. For example, an officer who smells alcohol, even though the stop was for cell phone use, has probable cause to administer a field sobriety test.

For those wishing to continue talking while driving, there are options. One is a Bluetooth-type device that wirelessly connects the cell phone (left in a holder) to an combination ear piece/microphone. This allows someone to converse as if the other party was in the car – they don’t have to tie up one hand holding the phone to their ear.

Critics argue that these laws don’t accomplish much, since it’s the conversation, not the physical act of hold a phone, that creates the distraction. A driver who is emotionally or intellectually involved in talking on the phone is a driver who is less attentive to traffic conditions. It’s the shift in focus that becomes the problem, not the cell phone itself.


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