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"Drive safe, park the phone" to start Monday

BECKLEY (WVVA) -- Driving hands free is the way to be, at least in the state of West Virginia. Beginning Monday, if you are caught driving distracted, using your cell phone or other device on the road, you can expected to be pulled over.

"It's become one of problems throughout the country, not just here in West Virginia," says Lt. Paul Blume with the Southern WV Highway Safety Program.

Fourteen police agencies in southern West Virginia will be conducting the "Drive Safe, Park the Phone" campaign over the next two weeks.

If you do want to continue using a phone while driving, it must be hands free.  Your cell phone carrier and other retail stores offer a variety of headsets and other bluetooth devices depending on what you like and what's compatible with your phone. 

With distracted driving becoming a primary offense though, police warn drivers of the consequences.  "The first offense is $100, second is $200, third is $300, and any offense after is points on their license," says Blume.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin will be raising awareness of the provision going into effect on Monday at Tamarack at 2 p.m. 

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