CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin wants West Virginia motorists to pledge to avoid distracted driving.
Tomblin visited high schools Tuesday to warn against texting and handheld cellphone use while behind the wheel.
The governor also is promoting legislation he signed into law Tuesday targeting such behavior.
The measure passed at his request will allow police to pull over and ticket drivers for texting starting July 1. A year after that, talking on a phone that's not hands-free will also become a primary offense.
Tomblin said he's spoken to families of people killed in collisions caused by distracted drivers. He's asking teens and others to sign the safe-driver pledge on the www.governor.wv.gov website.
Tomblin visited Musselman High in Inwood and Bridgeport High. Weather prompted him to cancel a trip to Bluefield High.