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No word yet on arrests of drivers who are texting

Is the state ban on texting while driving enforced? Careful readers know that on July 1, texting while driving became a primary driving offense in West Virginia and talking on a handheld cell phone while driving became a secondary offense.

I have not yet read of anyone receiving a ticket for texting while driving. Meanwhile, it's hard to stop at an intersection and not see two or three drivers talking on a handheld cell phone.

It almost seems like no one is taking the new law seriously.

In April Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin encouraged students to take his safe driver pledge. Those who take the pledge promise not to text while driving and to always use a hands-free cell phone while driving.

A tally of how many West Virginians have taken the pledge was not immediately available.

Meanwhile, AT&T is launching an effort to get drivers to make a lifelong no-texting-and-driving commitment on Sept. 19. Drivers can sign up at

Mike Schweder, president of AT&T's Mid-Atlantic Region, said in a prepared statement that more than 100,000 times each year, an automobile crashes and countless people are injured or die because the driver was texting while driving. He said the statistic comes from the National Safety Council.

Elyssa Rae, a spokesperson for AT&T, said, "Even though it's technically illegal, texting while driving doesn't seem to have the same stigma as other dangerous driving behaviors, like drunk driving."

AT&T said it plans to spend "tens of millions of dollars" on the campaign this year and has made it an ongoing commitment in future years.

Schweder said that on addition to asking drivers to make a lifelong pledge to never text and drive, "we're challenging all device makers and app developers to offer devices that come pre-loaded with a no-text-and-drive technology solution."

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  • Yen Nguyen plans to open a Vietnamese sandwich shop next month in South Charleston, said her brother, Alex Phan.

    The shop - Yen's Sandwiches - will specialize in sandwiches made with a French baguette filled with grilled meat. The Vietnamese name is banh mi.

    "It's as healthy as Subway's sandwiches but with an Asian twist," Phan said.

    The crusty sandwich bread will be baked fresh daily, as will a variety of pastries, Phan said.

    Sandwiches will be available with meat fillings such as chicken, tuna and pork, as well as pate fillings, along with numerous fresh vegetables such as cucumbers, carrots, radishes and pickles. Smoothies and energy drinks also will be for sale.

    Although take-out is expected to be popular, customers may dine inside the restaurant, Phan said.

    The shop will be at 606 D St., next to the Happy Days Cafe. It is the space formerly occupied by the Risin' Dough Bakery. Phan said his sister hopes to open during the first half of September.

    Contact business editor George Hohmann at or 304-348-4836.


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