Update: New Penalty For Texting While Driving In Kentucky

Reported by: Aaron Adelson
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Updated: 8/07/2013 7:32 pm
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The governor says distracted driving, in 2012, caused more than 50,000 accidents.  Texting while driving is one of the most distracting things you can do. 

The Governor announces new penalties for doing it, and he says it will save lives.

A Frankfort Police officer compares texting while driving to drunk driving.  We rode along with him to see how often people are texting and driving.

"seems like every other person," said Officer Scott Wilcoxson, Frankfort Police.

It didn't take long for us to see drivers texting.

"At the light is when they do it the most.  I saw three people texting, sitting right there at the light all of them with their phones down in their lap and their heads down," said Wilcoxson.

It's hard for police to prove.

"I can't personally say that I've written a ticket for it since it's come in," said Wilcoxson.

So Governor Beshear gives drivers an incentive not to text.

Each time you're caught you'll get three points on your license.  If you're caught four times within two years, you're license will be suspended.

"You see it every day," said Wilcoxson.

All the people we saw texting were sitting at a light.  Frankfort Police don't usually stop drivers for texting unless they're moving. 

The Governor says the new penalties will go into effect soon.
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