(Frankfort, Ky.) - Keep your eyes on the road. Kentucky is strengthening its no texting while driving law.
Governor Steve Beshear signed House Bill 294 into law Wednesday. The governor said the new law puts penalty points towards a driver’s record if they are caught texting while driving.
Each time a driver is ticketed for texting, it will put three points on their record. If an adult driver racks up 12 points, their license will be suspended. The limit is seven points for drivers under 18.
Kentucky lawmakers passed the state’s texting law in 2012. It prohibits any drive from forbids any driver from sending a text messages while they are at the wheel. For drivers under 18, the law also forbids any use of a cell phone.
“Part of the challenge of highway safety is to keep ahead of technology. The cell phone is symbolic of that challenge. While it has made our lives and jobs easier in many ways, there is no question that far too often it proves to be an irresistible distraction to drivers,” Beshear said.
Around 53,600 crashes in Kentucky were attributed to distracted driving in 2012.