The West Virginia texting bill passed the Senate earlier this month and is now in the House. This legislation will make texting or talking on a hand-held cell phone while driving a primary offense.
A seat belt bill will also be up for a vote in the Senate this week. This bill would make not wearing a seat belt a primary offense. Current state law makes seat belt non-use a secondary offense. Kanawha County Senator Corey Palumbo has been working on this bill for several years with the goal of reducing the number of deaths and serious injuries on West Virginia roads each year. Thirty-five states have already implemented similar seat belt laws.
If you are in a major crash, you have about a 25% chance of survival without a seatbelt compared to a 52% rate of survival if you are wearing a seat belt.