4/3/2014 5:02 PM
by Karen Franklin
BECKLEY - Police agencies around the state will increase patrols through this week in an effort to decrease cell phone usage will driving.
The West Virginia Southern Regional Highway Safety Program has provided funding for the statewide enforcement. Authorities told Newswatch that texting and driving is the number one cause of all crashes. It became a primary offense in July.
A ticket will cost you 100 dollars on the first offense... 200 on the second and 300 on the third.
“In the past year, I would say there's been a slight decrease, but I still believe it's a pretty significant problem,” Lt. Paul Blume said. “If you're driving around town, you can see that pretty obviously.”
As many as 16 different agencies in the southern region plan to heavily enforce the campaign through April 13.