Tomblin's signing of texting bill to coincide with start of "Distracted Driving Awareness Month"
Charleston, West Virginia: West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin is expected to sign SB 211 into law before the Tuesday midnight deadline that ends the most recent legislative session. The bill makes texting while driving a primary offense and talking on a non-hands free cellphone a secondary offense starting July 1, 2012. The bill also includes a stipulation that elevates talking to a primary offense on July 1, 2013.
Earlier this month, Tomblin spoke with a reporter from the Daily Mail Online about some of the specific language of the bill:
Tomblin's timing is perfect: tomorrow kicks off "Distracted Driving Awareness Month," and his bill will make West Virginia the 10th state to ban texting while driving. This legislation is a follow-up on one of the promises Tomblin laid out in the state of the state address he gave after winning the October 2011 special gubernatorial election.