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Is texting and driving illegal in Kentucky?

On Behalf of | Oct 15, 2022 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

You likely already recognize the dangers of texting and using a cell phone while you drive. Not only is texting and driving hazardous to other drivers, passengers and pedestrians, but it is also illegal in Kentucky.

According to the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety, it is against the law for any driver of any age to text and drive. This became a law in the state as of April 15, 2010.

Drivers under age 18

Drivers over the age of 18 can use a GPS device to get directions and also use their cell phones to enter a telephone number to make a call. However, drivers under the age of 18 cannot use any type of personal communication device while their car is in motion. If drivers under 18 need to use a GPS device to get directions, they must manually enter the information before they start driving.

Common causes of distraction

Although texting and driving is a danger to drivers, there are many other distracting activities that can pose a risk to others. Some common distracted driving activities include reaching for an object on the back seat, eating or drinking, performing grooming activities, switching the station on the radio or talking to a passenger.

If you got into an accident with a distracted driver, you may have incurred serious injuries that affect your ability to go back to school, your job or your normal daily life. Listen and adhere to your physician’s instructions as you move into the recovery phase and take additional steps to protect your legal and financial interests.