Police Promise Swift Action For Those Caught On Their Phone While Driving
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on July 01, 2013 @ 7:00PM
Created on July 01, 2013 @ 5:30PM
Put down your phone while driving. That was the message coming from Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and members of law enforcement Monday.
July 1 marks the day where police in the Mountain State can start pulling your over if they see you talking on your phone.
Governor Tomblin and members of State Police held a press conference Monday to talk about the new law.
Colonel Jay Smithers with the West Virgina State Police said officers with his department will handle every situation differently, but he said if someone is spotted on their phone while driving they will be pulled over.
"The chances of you being stopped for texting especially, or even utilizing your mobile device while you're in motion and receiving a warning is going to be hard pressed," he said.
The first time you're pulled over for talking on your phone you could be fined $100. That fine increases every time after that.
Texting while driving became illegal in the Mountain State last year.
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