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Kentucky needs to toughen its laws on distracted driving

Kentucky could be the next state to enact a law that would prohibit using a cellphone or other personal communication devices in any way while driving. The Hands-Free Driving bill proposed by state Reps. James Tipton and Steve Sheldon basically would prevent drivers from holding cellphones in their hands while behind the wheel. Fines for those who broke the law would range from $100 for the first offense to $200 for the second. First-time offenders could also elect to attend traffic school. This proposed law comes at a time when distracted-driving crashes are on the rise, claiming an average of more than 3,000 lives each year.

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