Like practically any new technology, cell phones are simultaneously a blessing and a curse. We all love the connectivity they give us—we can look up information no matter where we are and stay connected to our loved ones. However, we all know smartphones also encourage us to stay connected all the time, which means many people continue to use their phones while driving.
In recognition of Cell Phone Courtesy Month in July, we will again tackle the ongoing issue of texting while driving.
Here in Kentucky, it is illegal for all drivers, no matter the age, to text while driving. On top of that, for drivers younger than 18 and school bus drivers, using your cell phone behind the wheel in any way is against the law.
Both of these are considered primary laws. This means that if a police officer sees you texting while driving, he or she can pull you over and issue a citation. The first offense will cost you $25 and any additional citations will cost $50, plus court costs.
In addition to the threat of a citation, texting behind the wheel has other consequences. According to the National Safety Council, nearly 330,000 people are injured each year in accidents caused by texting while driving. In addition, 1 out of 4 accidents in the U.S. is caused by texting and driving.
Please don’t add to these statistics and just put your phone away. Try turning your car into a phone-free zone and keep your phone out of reach while behind the wheel. Here at BMW of Bowling Green we do not want to hear any more sad news from something so preventable