A texting while driving bill before the West Virginia Legislature is now one step closer to becoming a reality.
On Monday, the senate unanimously passed their version and sent it to the house which has its own version.
The bill makes it a primary offense, meaning drivers can be stopped by police for texting while driving.
West Virginia State Senator Orphy Klempa said, "It's important because it saves lives in my eyes. There's nothing more precious to any of us than a loved ones life."
Klempa is one of many lawmakers who have been fighting for the legislation for six years.
Focusing on driving is the intent of the bill while eliminating a distraction, but there are dozens of other distractions behind the wheel.
Klempa said, "Your rights are interfering with someone else's rights if you are texting, because the safety of the oncoming driver and the safety of somebody you may hit, run off the road or whatever. I think it's a great idea to do this."
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