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Distracted driving course hosted by Kanawha County Sheriff's Office

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The Kanawha County Sheriff's Office put on a distracted drivers course today at the Old County Courthouse in Charleston.

The public and public employees were invited to take a turn driving a golf cart through a predetermined course while texting.  This is in advance of a new law taking effect on July 1 that makes it illegal to text and drive or talk on the phone without a headset or speakerphone.

If caught texting or talking on the phone a person faces a $100 to $300 dollar fine and up to 3 points on their license.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2011 3,331 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver.  The NHTSA says that the average time to send or receive a text is 4.6 seconds and in that time a car going 55 mph travels the length of a football field.