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Driving While Texting: Punishable Offense In Kentucky

Texting While Driving
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You’ve seem it many times before: you’re driving down the Pennyrile or Frederica and you get cut off by someone either talking or texting on their cell phone. Let’s face it, it’s infuriating to say the least and with roads right now sometimes treacherous because the weather it is downright dangerous. Regardless of the time of the year, texting while driving (in my opinion) is a pretty dangerous task to be undertaking.

Come January 1st, texting while driving in Kentucky will become an offense with a fine attached to it. According to the Courier Press:

After January 1, violators will be liable for fines of $25 on a first offense and $50 on each subsequent offense, plus court costs.

So, starting next year, if you text and drive, you’ll pay a fine! For more information regarding distracted driving, you can visit the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s website here.

Now, I admit I have texted while driving in the past and I do believe it is very dangerous. Kentuckians will now be punished if they are caught texting while driving. Now I don’t know if I agree with this new law coming onto the books however I agree that we as a people are distracted more than ever while we are operating a motor vehicle. Texting, talking and surfing the web are all possible now straight from our cell phones and I have witnessed my fair share of people doing these tasks. Not to mention the other tasks that take our eyes away from the road such as adjusting the radio, eating/drinking, talking to passengers in the vehicle, fiddling with the GPS and applying makeup. What do you think, is this law neccesary for Kentucky and should it make its way to Indiana?

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