Health and Welfare
Texting Ban Nets a Few Hundred Violators
Since Kentucky banned texting while driving, State police have issued a few hundred citations. State Police Lieutenant David Jude says about 300 tickets were issued statewide in 2011, and another 100 thus far in 2012. “And whether it takes a day, a week, a particular holiday, or even a whole month…set aside for it…it is definitely something that we need to look for….you know Kentucky annually averages around 40 percent or so distracted driving collisions,” said Jude.
Jude admits the effectiveness of the new texting law can be debated. But, he adds, people are at least discussing the risks posed by motorists who also text. The police officer says that’s an important first step. Kentucky is participating in this month’s national “One Text or Call Could Wreck It All” campaign. April has also been designated ‘Distracted Driving Awareness Month.’