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"Just Drive" brings Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to Raleigh Co.

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BECKLEY (WVVA) -- "Just drive" is the message from Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to all motorists in West Virginia.

"Please don't let your last words be a text," says Tomblin.  "No text, no phone call is more important than a life."

Tomblin and other state leaders spent the afternoon in Beckley at Tamarack, raising awareness of the first day that distracted driving is a primary offense -- meaning you can get pulled over simply for handling your phone behind the wheel. 

"By taking your eyes off the road or by texting, you're 25 times more likely to have an accident then not texting," says Tomblin. 

Police have noticed a decline in the number of fatalities from distracted driving since the law was issued as a secondary offense last summer.  There are 32 fewer deaths in 2013 so far, than there were in 2012 at this time.

Still, Colonel Smithers with the WV State Police says, "We've got a ways to go.  It's a process."

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