Sheriff's office course demonstrates dangers of distracted driving
Kanawha Cpl. Rich Lane hangs on for dear life as Detective Jeremy Burns whips around a corner and tries to send a text message at the distracted driving course the Kanawha Sheriff's Department set up behind the county courthouse Tuesday. One of Burns' duties at the sheriff's department is downloading cellphone data to see if a driver was talking or texting at a specific time.
Sammie Carver, 23, took a break from working in the county tax office to try texting and driving on the course. The phone had her attention as she maneuvered the golf cart.
Attorney Rachel Messer, 28, of Huntington, gave the distracted driving course a try as well. Deputies set the course up to educate on the dangers of distracted driving. The state's new distracted driving law takes effect Monday.