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Talking While Driving Will Be Illegal on July 1
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on June 27, 2013 @ 11:53PM
Created on June 27, 2013 @ 11:25PM

On July 1, using your phone behind the wheel will become a primary offense and could get you a ticket. The first offense will cost you $100 and the third will cost up to $300. People hope this will be enough incentive for drivers to focus solely on their driving.

"You need to focus on the road, pay attention to what you're doing. The cell phone is going to take that away from you. You don't need to pay attention to the phone. If you're driving, concentrate on your driving," said West Virginia State Trooper, B.J. Chambers.

Monongalia County resident, Robert Lewis, said, "Once they get into effect and people start getting fines they're going to realize it's a serious thing. You're not just risking your life, you're risking other people's lives.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over 3,000 people died in 2012 as a result of distracted driving. In 1 out 10 of those fatal accidents, at least one driver was distracted by cell phone use.

"They're just weaving all over the road, they're dangerous," said Chambers.

Some studies have shown that talking on the phone may not directly relate to an increased crash risk. Things like dialing and texting can be other major factors. While some drivers say banning all phone use is a good idea, it may not be enough to break the tendencies of all drivers.

"I believe people are still going to do it. Even though the law can stop them from doing it, I believe people will still try to talk on the phone and use their devices in the car," said Harrison County resident, Roberta Owens. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,erererwer

Police are urging people to use wireless devices if they need to make a call from behind the wheel. Dashboard speakers and Bluetooth headsets are legal. If none of those are an option for you, police encourage you to just pull over and make your phone call if it's important. 

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