The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


April 9, 2013

Operation Chain Reaction

Less than 90 days from now law enforcement authorities in West Virginia will be able to stop people, and ticket them, for using hand-held communication devices while operating a vehicle.

It can’t come quick enough.

At any time we invite you to find yourself a spot that borders any road, it could be a parking lot, your driveway, front porch — and just observe the number of people who have cell phones up to their ears or are looking down at messages or even texting.

People using cell phones and other electronic devices is an addiction itself and when it happens in motor vehicles it can be deadly.

But add to that those putting on makeup, shaving, smoking, eating ... you get the idea.

And these people are sober.

It’s downright scary.

Thousands of people are dying or being injured annually by distracted drivers. The number of accidents due to individuals talking on phones, texting, munching down on a breakfast burrito, brushing their hair ... far surpass drunk and drugged offenders.

Awareness campaigns have been ramped up at all levels and on Monday the West Virginia State Police unveiled a new distracted driving initiative, labeled Operation Chain Reaction.

They are going to be on the lookout for distracted drivers and they are going to be identifying and stopping motorists that aren’t focused on driving.

“Start a Chain Reaction, Eliminate Distraction” will certainly serve a purpose as law enforcement continues to work towards making our roadways safer.

Think about it the next time you get behind the wheel.

Text Only
  • Primary care

    DHHR program weans folks away from the ER

    July 24, 2014

  • Rain? What Rain?

    Community still enjoys auto fair despite uncooperative weather

    July 23, 2014

  • Do tell

    It’s hard to keep a secret in today’s here-a-camera, there-a-camera, everywhere-a-camera world. Whatever one does that is embarrassing is immediately posted on YouTube, Facebook or other social media of choice.

    July 22, 2014

  • Juvenile justice

    West Virginia nearly doubled the rate it sent youths to juvenile facilities from 1997 to 2011, in contrast to declining rates of youthful incarceration elsewhere in the United States.

    July 20, 2014

  • Thumbs — Saturday, July 19, 2014

    July 19, 2014

  • Do something

     Johnstown police have charged three men in the brutal murder early Sunday of a city academy student.

    July 18, 2014

  • Showcase

    For White Sulphur Springs, there’s hardly enough time to catch a breath.

    July 17, 2014

  • Bon appetit

    Agriculture and farm products can help diversify state economy

    July 16, 2014

  • Generous

    Outsiders can say what they will about West Virginians — but they can’t say we’re stingy.
    Time after time after time, we band together to help our neighbors out of a jam, aid someone down on their luck or otherwise in a bad way.

    July 15, 2014

  • Reminder

    Study points out old, new problems with W.Va. roads

    July 13, 2014