And politicians wonder why Americans don't believe the federal government needs another round of tax increases.
SINCE last July, officers of the Beckley Police Department have issued 17 citations for texting while driving - 10 tickets and seven warnings.
Officers also have handed out 51 citations for talking on cellphones while driving - 33 tickets and 18 warnings.
Beckley Police Chief Tim Deems said officers look for erratic driving, heads-down drivers who are not paying attention to the road, and people who are swerving, crossing the center line, driving slower than normal, etc.
"Those are the kinds of things we look for, which can cause people to run red lights, run stop signs, cross into the other lane of traffic or rear-end another car in front of them," Deem told Wendy Holdren of the Register-Herald in Beckley.
Motorists, beware. Starting July 1, police can stop you for talking on a handheld cellphone while driving.
First offenses carry a fine of $100, second offenses cost $200, and third offenses will set you back $300 - and as many as three points on your driving record.
It ain't worth it.
RESEARCHERS with the University of British Columbia reported in the journal Nature that fish have been voting against warmer ocean water with their fins for decades.
Authors said their study is the first to assess the migration of marine life worldwide, and that their lookback goes as far back as the 1970s.
The Washington Post said the study found that "significant numbers of 968 species of fish and invertebrates" have been moving to escape the warming waters of their original territories.
Atlantic surf clams are less common in shallow waters off Maryland, Virginia and Delaware, but happy as clams can be in cooler water off New England. Atlantic mackerel have migrated away from Norway and toward Iceland.
Obviously, people whose livelihoods depend on the sea will make similar adaptations.