— — A selection of reader comments from our Facebook page last week:
On a poll question asking if you agree with the new anti-texting and talking on a hand-held cell phone while driving laws in West Virginia and Virginia:
• It’s a good law, however, it is going to be hard to enforce. Also the law should apply to everyone driving including the police or state officials — Sunshine G.
• It seems like a lot of people that talk on their cell phones and text drive like drunk drivers. They have studies to show this. So anyone that says they can drive and talk should think twice — Chrissy C.
• Texting — yes. Talking — no! — Harold P.
• No, because some can’t afford the Bluetooth piece or can’t wear it if they have hearing aides. Are police privileged? Saw one on phone this morning.... — Sandy L.
• Hands-free devices that clip to sun visor are available. I have one. And at $80 costs less than one fine — Kathy L.
• Absolutely agree! People need to pay attention when driving not be fooling with a phone — Pam B.
• Yes I agree. I followed a lady the other day that was texting. She looked drunk swerving, speeding up, then slowing down — Rob B.
• You are supposed to be driving, so I have no problem with it. Mythbusters did a comparison between just over the legal limit intoxication and talking on a cell phone. They found that people drove better drunk than talking on a cell phone — Joseph L.
• Can we do a citizens arrest for I see so many officers with their phone’s up to their ear? — Angel H.
• I think they should make it also a crime for women to put on makeup while they’re driving — Luke N.
On a story about a gun maker saying U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., is the reason it decided not to open a plant in the Mountain State.
• Joe is in bed with Obama on killing jobs here in West Virginia. Joe must go — Terry W.
• Oh boo hoo hoo. Manchin isn’t anti-gun, he’s anti-criminals-getting-guns. And so am I. Remember that next time you get robbed at gunpoint. The criminal probably bought the gun legally — Derek Z.
• Come to Virginia. We could use the jobs — Joseph L.
• Criminals don’t buy guns. They steal, trade dope and or other stolen property for stolen guns — Darrell B.