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Police crack down on texting and driving

PADUCAH - A deadly combination - texting and driving. Police are stepping up their efforts to get drivers to put down their phones.  If you text and drive while you are in Paducah, there is a good chance you will get caught.

Paducah police officers are increasing their anti-texting and driving enforcement efforts this month.  It is a federally-funded grant campaign to put an end to texting and driving.

Paducah police officers will be patrolling in special vehicles on the look out for drivers texting.  If you are texting and driving, you are taking your attention away from the road for at least five seconds.  If you are driving at 55 miles an hour, that is the length of driving a football field without looking at the road.

That is why police are cracking down to help keep you and your family safe.  With thousands of vehicles on the road, driving distracted is a common sight.  Paducah police officers Donald Hodgson and Rob Estes make up a spotting and driving team.  Their teamwork could result in you getting a ticket if you decide to break the law.

"Our goal is to get people to think about what they are doing and hopefully change their behaviors and choose not to text and drive," said Captain Hodgson.

Officers will be targeting frequently traveled roadways and the campaign will last through May 17th.  Texting and driving is a violation of Kentucky law.  Anyone seen texting while driving will be pulled over and given a 25 dollar ticket.
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