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Only 144 texting while driving citations issued

ERLANGER, Ky. (AP) -

Kentucky police agencies say the commonwealth's texting while driving statute is well intended, but difficult to enforce.

The law went into effect a year ago, but officers issued only verbal warnings for the first six months. Citations and fines have been handed out since Jan. 1, but there were only 144 of them statewide in the first half of this year, according to The Kentucky Enquirer.

Erlanger Police Lt. Kevin Gilpin says his agency's officers enforce the statute when they see drivers texting, but says it's difficult to catch people in the act.

The areas where the most citations have been written are the counties where the two largest cities are: Jefferson County leads with 23; Fayette follows with 12.

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