5/6/2013 8:15 AM
by Nadine Grimley
CHARLESTON - 125 offenders were convicted of distracted driving in the first ten months since a law that banned texting behind the wheel went into effect.
The number of convictions was based on figures from the Division of Motor Vehicles. Beckley Municipal Court had the largest number of convictions at 13. The legislature passed Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's distracted driving bill last year.
Drivers caught texting behind the wheel face fines of $100 for a first offense, $200 for a second violation, and $300 for subsequent offenses.
Using a handheld cellphone to talk becomes a primary offense on July 1.