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July 13, 2013 automobile safety,Motor Vehicle Crashes,West Virginia law

As of July 1, West Virginia Police Can Stop and Ticket Drivers Using Hand Held Devices, Including Cell Phones

Prior to July 1, 2013, West Virginia law enforcement could only ticket drivers for using hand held devices like cell phones when drivers were also committing a primary offense like speeding or failing to maintain control of their vehicle.  Law enforcement could not stop drivers if their only offense was using a hand held device.…

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June 28, 2013 West Virginia law,WV Boating Accidents

Crackdown on drinking and boating expected for this weekend in West Virginia

When the temperatures soar and schools are out for summer, West Virginia’s lakes and rivers are a great place to enjoy while boating. It’s a fun time for families, but it’s also easy to lose sight of some of the dangers on the water.  According to statistics, boaters often fail to take the same care…

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May 16, 2013 automobile safety,Motor Vehicle Crashes,West Virginia law

National Transportation Safety Board Seeks Tougher DUI Laws in West Virginia and Other States

Because alcohol-related car crashes claim about 10,000 lives each year, the National Transportation Safety Board is now recommending that all 50 states lower the blood alcohol content from 0.08 blood-alcohol content (BAC) to 0.05.  Their goal is to eliminate drunk driving, which causes about a third of all deaths involving automobiles. The safety board believes…

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March 7, 2013 automobile safety,West Virginia law,WV Car Accidents

WVU researchers say laws against distracted driving are not enough

Charleston, WV — Two West Virginia University researchers are studying the effects new laws and public education efforts have had on curtailing cell phone use while driving.   So far, they have found these efforts aren’t helping much. Jeffrey Coben and Motao Zhu report their conclusions in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Their report…

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