House Approves Tougher Fines for Texting in Work or School Zones

Mar 3, 2014

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Concerns about distracted driving continue to draw attention in the Kentucky General Assembly.  On Friday, the House approved a measure that would double the fines for texting while driving in school or work zones.

If enacted, the penalty would go from $25 to $50 on first offense and $50 to $100 after that.

Louisville Representative and bill co-sponsor Joni Jenkins says the problem remains a tough one since it's hard to detect. 

“I think we need to educate the public.  Every time we do this type of legislation, it’s to get folks attention and to educate the public on the dangers,” said Jenkins. 

The House-approved bill includes an exemption for Bluetooth headsets or other devices that enable hands-free operation.  The measure passed 62-32 and heads to the Senate.