The new texting-while-driving legislation which was passed in West Virginia is set to take effect on Friday, June 8, 2012. West Virginia is now the 41st state banning texting-while-driving.
However, the law does not apply just to texting, but also to talking on the cell phone. On June 8 texting or using a hand-held cell phone becomes a secondary offense – meaning that cops are not supposed to pull you over just for that offense, but they can ticket you for that offense if they pull you over for some other reason. On July 1, 2012 it becomes a primary offense.
At this point it is important to make sure new vehicles you buy are equipped with bluetooth hands-free cellular technology. If not, you will want to buy a bluetooth headset if you must talk on your cell phone while driving.