An increasing number of drivers, teen and adult, do not view texting and driving as a dangerous behavior. Most see, quickly glancing at their phone as harmless multitasking. However, texting while driving, or distracted driving is not only dangerous but also illegal.
Driving while distracted in Kentucky is defined as anything that takes the driver’s focus away from driving. Distractions can be cognitive, visual and manual. Texting while driving checks off all three distractions at once, making it the most dangerous distraction. Texting while driving reduces brain activity by 37 percent, which is needed to drive.
It is illegal for drivers under the age of 18 in Kentucky to use a cellphone of any kind while driving. As for adults, it is deemed to be illegal to text while the vehicle is in motion. The law also includes emailing and instant messaging. However, drivers over 18 may use a cellphone, provided they do not engage in texting. Anyone caught breaking the law is issued a citation and/or fine.
Some exceptions to the cellphone ban exist in Kentucky. These apply to summoning the police, advising someone of an emergency that affects public safety and calling for medical assistance. Additionally, using a navigation system is not banned, provided the driver is not manually entering information into the system while they are driving.
In some states, the fines for driving while distracted can be extremely high. That is not the case in Kentucky where the first offense for texting while driving is $25 and the second and subsequent fine for other offenses is $50 plus court fees and an addition of three demerit points on the offender’s driver’s license.
Do not drive while distracted. Your life and the lives of others are at stake.
If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver talk to us. Hessig & Pohl understands the loss that occurs after any accident. You may be facing a serious, permanent impairment or have lost a loved one. Hessig & Pohl works with a team of professionals to protect your rights and achieve a fair and equitable settlement. Call us today for your free consultation at (502) 777-1111.