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Crackdown on texting while driving: U Drive. U Text. U Pay

FRANKFORT, KY (KFVS) -

Law enforcement agencies in Kentucky are stepping up efforts to persuade drivers to put down the phone while behind the wheel.

It is part of the second annual national texting enforcement crackdown: "U Drive. U Text. U Pay."

This is in conjunction with National Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

“Driving and texting is illegal and irresponsible,” said Kentucky Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock, who is Gov. Steve Beshear's designated representative for highway safety and chair of the Governor's Executive Committee on Highway Safety. “We are serious about stopping this deadly behavior, so all drivers must know that if you are texting while driving, you will be stopped and fined.”

Violating Kentucky's texting law, which took effect April 15, 2010, can be costly.

There are fines of up to $25 on a first offense and $50 on each following offense, plus court costs.

The law bans texting for drivers while the vehicle is in motion.

For more information, please visit www.distraction.gov

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