(06/08/2012)
The texting while driving ban won't be enforced in West Virginia until July 1.

The highly dangerous habit has been cited as a frequent cause of auto accidents and fatalities across America.

Texting while driving will be a primary offense, which means a person can be stopped and cited just for that.

Talking on a handheld cell phone will become a secondary offense. That means you'll have to be stopped for something else to be cited.

In July 2013, that will also change to a primary offense.

In a just released study, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that 58% of high school seniors say they texted while driving during the previous month.

The numbers aren't really surprising, said Amanda Lenhart, a senior researcher at the Pew Research Center in Washington.

A typical teen sends and receives about 100 text messages a day.

It's now the most common way kids communicate with their peers.

Even during short car rides, it's not uncommon for messages to be coming in requiring teens to respond, Lenhart said.


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