Fines To Begin For Texting While Driving

By Sheila Ash

Kentucky State Police will begin issuing citations for violators of the state’s new texting-while-driving law this weekend.

A grace period for the law that went into effect in July ends with the arrival of the new year Saturday.

Trooper John Hawkins says the law goes a step further for teenagers.

“Drivers 18 and under are not allowed to use a cell phone or text while they’re driving unless they are making an emergency phone call,” he said.

The fine for texting while driving is $25 dollars for the first offense and $50 dollars for each additional offense.

Hawkins says traffic fatalities are down this year. He attributes that to drivers making better decisions.