West Virginia bans texting, handheld calls while driving

West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin on Tuesday, April 3, signed a bill making the state the 36th to ban texting while driving for drivers of all vehicles. Beginning July 1, law enforcement officers will conduct primary enforcement of this law, meaning they can ticket a driver for texting while driving without any other traffic offense taking place.

The new law also outlaws handheld cell phone use while driving beginning July 1; however, until July 1, 2013, the handheld law will be secondary enforcement, meaning drivers only can be cited for handheld cell phone if they are committing another traffic violation.