The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

December 11, 2013

Our Readers Speak — Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Drivers need to know distracted driving law

I am writing for assistance from you in an attempt to help educate the West Virginia public about the distracted driving law. In my case, as I feel is with many others, this new law was not presented to the public good enough to educate us properly or we read into it improperly.

I feel this law is very much misinterpreted by all citizens in our area. I felt that distracted driving meant we could not use our cell phones while driving. So it would lead us to believe that if we were at a stop sign or a red light and not driving, then it would be OK to make a quick call before taking off again.

This is illegal and will get you a ticket.

Also it would lead us to believe that if we were stopped in a state road work area, knowing we will have to wait anywhere from 5 to 10 minutes before being able to move again, we could place our vehicle in park, shut off the engine and use our cell phone legally until it is our turn to continue and we would then put the phone down, start our cars and move on.

This is illegal and did get me a ticket.

So getting a real life EXPENSIVE lesson on the new law should be told to everyone so they will be aware of these misunderstandings. Your first ticket is $100.

 From what the officer told me after giving me my ticket, the only way to use a cell phone is to have a hands-free Bluetooth device or you must pull your car WAY off the highway or preferably into a parking lot, place your car in park and turn off the engine.

Also be advised that pulling off the side of the interstate to use a cell phone would be illegal also due to the fact that you can only pull off the interstate in the case of an emergency only!

Hope everyone is safe out there with your cell phone usage.

Dale Starks


Proud of Greenbrier West football team

Proud Cavalier fans would like to take a moment to congratulate the Greenbrier West High School football team in its Class A State Championship game against Madonna High School.

The Cavs played their hearts out Saturday night, falling short in a heartbreaking loss.  They played like champions, and that’s exactly how we fans think of them.

We know these humble players feel that they have let down their school and community, but that could not be further from the truth. Speaking as a fan, we are all very, very proud of our team, and so grateful that they allowed us to tag along on their wonderful season.

The journey began on a steamy August night in Summersville, and concluded on a frozen island in Wheeling.  Along the way there were overwhelming victories, courageous efforts, a single stumble against a tough and gritty Summers County foe, and repeated spankings of higher-favored teams as they battled through the playoffs.

Through these short few months, we fans were able to share in their triumphs from packed bleachers at fields in Charmco and across the state. We reveled in the rumble of the Harley as our team took the field, in the roar of the crowd as we drove to another score, in the thunderous clash as the defense smothered another opponent, and in the cheers from the fans lining Route 60 as the buses left for the State Championship.

You young men have not disappointed us, you have inspired us. You have not failed your community, but instilled in it a pride that cannot be measured. To all of the players, coaches, cheerleaders, band members, parents and fans: We salute you!  This season will never be forgotten.

A Cavalier fan,

Terry Montgomery