Texting and driving: Dangerous to do and difficult to prove
PADUCAH, Ky. - According to The Courier-Journal, 25 percent of Kentucky's texting and driving charges have been dismissed in court since it became illegal in 2010. Jefferson County is a gleaming example of how tough these cases can be. Judges there have dismissed nearly 40 percent of the texting and driving cases.
In McCracken County, the dismissal rate is much lower: ten percent. While deputies say the texting ban is tough to enforce, attorneys say getting the convictions comes down to hard work.
Texting and driving has been illegal in Kentucky for three years, and drivers under 18 aren't allowed to use their phones in the car at all. The laws were intended to cut down on distracted driving, but McCracken County Chief Deputy Mike Turnbow says true violators can be tough to spot. "The only way to know for certain is either the violator has to be honest and say, 'Yes I was texting my friend,' they could say, 'No, I wasn't,' or they don't have to answer at all," he said.
Assistant County Attorney Samuel Clymer said finding out the truth is simple. "Out goes the subpoena. In go the records in a reasonable amount of time, and there goes our proof, he said."