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How is West Virginia Getting Serious about Safety?
Posted on 07/15/2013 by Adrienne Sallerson | 0 Comments
West Virginia has taken a firm stance when it comes to driver safety. To promote responsible driving, the state has recently launched a new campaign to reinforce new cell phone and seatbelt-use laws. What are the new laws? As of July 1st, talking on a cell phone without a hands-free device is a primary offense. Additionally, driving or riding in a moving vehicle without wearing a seatbelt is also a primary offense, as of July 9th.
Why are they cracking down? During a seven-day period in June, troopers issued:
- 93 citations for texting while driving
- 127 citations for reckless driving
- 8 citations for collisions involving distracted driving
“It’s time to put safety first. Turn it off. Put it down. Just drive,” said Gov. Tomblin. To show just how serious West Virginia is about safety, the state has created a website where motorists can take the pledge against unsafe driving. West Virginia motorists can take the safe driver pledge here: https://apps.wv.gov/Portal/SafeDriversPledge/Pledge.aspx
More and more states are cracking down on driver safety and stiffening the penalties that come with poor driver behavior. Stiffer penalties may seem harsh, but the reality is that unsafe driving takes innocent lives every day. By simply doing your part and practicing responsible driving, you can avoid those harsh penalties and help keep the roadways safe for everyone. Are you serious about safety?