Kentucky police step up efforts to stop distracted drivers

Law enforcement agencies in Kentucky are cracking down on drivers who text while they’re behind the wheel.

Kentucky Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock says officials are serious about stopping people from driving while texting and will stop those who are doing so and issue fines.

Police are participating in the second annual national texting enforcement crackdown – U Drive. U Text. U Pay.

Kentucky’s texting law took effect five years ago. Violators can be fined $25 on a first offense and $50 for subsequent offenses, plus court costs.

The Transportation Cabinet says more than 53,500 crashes occurred in Kentucky last year resulting in more than 14,000 injuries and 169 deaths due to distracted driving.

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