The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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April 9, 2013

State Police kicks off Operation Chain Reaction

CHARLESTON — Residents may want to think twice before eating their breakfast burritos en route to the office.

On Monday the West Virginia State Police held a press conference at their headquarters in Charleston to alert the public that Operation Chain Reaction, an effort to identify distracted drivers, is in full swing.

First Sergeant Michael Baylous, public relations officer for the State Police, said people usually thing of distracted driving as consisting of texting and cellular phone usage, but it is much broader than that. Distracted driving can include but not limited to the following acts while driving a motor vehicle: putting on makeup, shaving, reading a paper, and eating.

He also noted that using a cellular phone while driving a motor vehicle becomes a primary offense in West Virginia on July 1, 2013.

Through the use of Highway Safety data, the West Virginia State Police have identified roadways in West Virginia with a high volume of alcohol related crashes. That information will be used in conjunction with Operation Chain Reaction to specifically target areas across the state.

Operation Chain Reaction’s goal is to “Start a Chain Reaction, Elimination Distraction” and is funded through federal grants.

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