There's no doubt about it, texting while driving is dangerous. In West Virginia, it's about to become illegal.
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin signed a bill earlier this year making texting while driving a primary offense, beginning July 1. That means when police spot this activity, they can pull over a driver and issue a ticket. The following year, talking on a cell phone that is not a hands-free device will fall under the same rules.
We praise the Legislature and the governor for making our roadways safer by putting these measures into effect. However, there are times when drivers do need to make a phone call or read or answer a text message. That's where one Elkins city councilman comes into play with a great idea that covers all bases.
Last week, Van Broughton, 2nd Ward, said he'd like see special parking areas throughout the city, potentially two in each ward, that would allow drivers to pull over and send a text message or make a cell phone call. He presented his idea and was given the go-ahead by the city's Street Committee to begin working on the project.
We'll be interested to see how Broughton's work progresses. If his plan is successful, it could be a model for other towns as a way to help drivers keep their attention focused on the road.