Kentucky announced a new penalty for violation of the texting and driving law on Wednesday.
At the Governor's direction, the Kentucky Transportation
Cabinet soon will assess "penalty points" on the operator's licenses of drivers
who are cited and convicted of violating Kentucky's law against texting while
A driver will incur three points for each no-texting
The cabinet can suspend the licenses of drivers who incur a
specified number of points within a two-year period – 12 points for drivers 18
and older, seven points for drivers under 18.
Gov. Beshear announced the new enforcement measure at the
2013 Kentucky Life Savers Conference, an annual gathering of transportation
leaders and emergency responders from across the Commonwealth.
"Highway safety has been a major emphasis of our
administration," Gov. Beshear said. "We have thousands of dedicated
professionals – in highway engineering, law enforcement and emergency medical
services – who work every day toward a goal of zero deaths on Kentucky's
streets and highways.
The "No Texting While Driving" law, enacted by the 2012
General Assembly, forbids anyone to send text messages while driving a motor
vehicle. For drivers under 18, the law also forbids any use of a cell phone
Once the regulation goes through legislative review
and takes effect, the cabinet will begin assessing the penalty points.
Some 53,600 crashes in Kentucky in 2012 were attributed to
driver distraction, a category that includes cell phone use.
"We have long recognized that cell phone use is a factor in
a high number of highway crashes," said Kentucky Transportation Secretary Mike
Hancock, who is the Governor's designated representative for highway safety. "I
am convinced that the ‘No Texting While Driving' law will save lives."
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