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Kentucky hopes to ban texting while drivingPosted On Mon, April 5, 2010
Kentucky could soon join the league of states that have banned texting while driving.
Kentucky state officials are trying to pass a bill that will ban people from writing, sending or reading text messages while driving in the state. The bill passed the state's Senate and House on Thursday. It's just waiting on approval from Kentucky's governor, Steve Beshear.
The statewide ban will cover text messages, emails, instant messaging and using the Internet. Under this ban, drivers under the age of 18 will also be prohibited from using a personal communication device while driving.
"In Kentucky last year, 53,000 crashes occurred due to distracted driving, 199 of which were fatal," Kentucky state Senator Harper Angel told Kentucky's NBC affiliate, WFIE. "These numbers are alarming and, sadly, the numbers continue to grow."
The ban won't take effect until January 1, 2011. Violators will receive a $25 fine for the first offense and $50 for each additional offense. Those who violate the law before it takes effect will receive a warning.
Friday, Iowa become the 21st state to ban texting for drivers.
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