Late last week, a Madisonville, Kentucky woman hit a parked car while she was texting. According to a local news report, the woman was heading north on South Seminary when she hit a parked car that was facing north. Apparently, the woman was suspected to be under the influence when the accident occurred. She was texting during the time of the accident as well. She was taken to a Madisonville hospital to be treated for her injuries following the accident. Police cited the 21-year-old woman for failure to maintain insurance and operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Phone Use and Driving Laws in Kentucky
There is no overarching prohibition on mobile device use in Kentucky, except for bus drivers and novice drivers. Although there is no prohibition against talking on a cell phone, there is a law against texting while driving.
In Kentucky, drivers may not read, send, or write any text-based communication. This includes instant messages, emails, and texts. Additionally, no individual under 18 can operate a car or other motor vehicle when using a telephone or other communication device. The only exception is when the individual needs to contact emergency medical personnel or law enforcement during an emergency.