Distracted driving course hosted by Kanawha County Sheriff's Office
The Kanawha County Sheriff's Office put on a distracted
drivers course today at the Old County Courthouse in Charleston.
The public and public employees were invited to take a turn
driving a golf cart through a predetermined course while texting. This is in advance of a new law taking effect
on July 1 that makes it illegal to text and drive or talk on the phone without
a headset or speakerphone.
If caught texting or talking on the phone a person faces a
$100 to $300 dollar fine and up to 3 points on their license.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration, in 2011 3,331 people were killed in crashes involving a
distracted driver. The NHTSA says that
the average time to send or receive a text is 4.6 seconds and in that time a
car going 55 mph travels the length of a football field.
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