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Good Question: Do police have to follow new texting law?

In April drivers in Kentucky were told to put down the cell phone and stop texting while driving.

The Bluegrass is one of 30 states to have a texting law, but its getting mixed sentiment among many of our viewers.

There seems to be one question we have received the most about the new law.

Good Question: Christie in Clay City: How can law enforcement officers give us tickets when I see them texting while driving as well?

We know we're not supposed to do it.

"Annually 40 to 45% of collisions in Kentucky are as a result of driver in attention," said Lt. David Jude with Kentucky State Police.

A big part of that in attention police say, is texting while driving.

It seems its become the thing to do behind the wheel, but now its illegal.

"What we are trying to get with that particular law is the focus back on the roadway not on something else inside the car," said Lt. Jude.

Its no secret if you text and drive, you face the risk of being pulled over, but many of you want to know if those same officers have to follow the same rules.

Lt. Jude with the Kentucky State Police says yes, law enforcement officers do have to abide by the same laws.

He does say there are exemptions.

Section 2 of the texting law says the ban does not apply to officers when the use of a personal communication device is essential to their official duties.

It also allows officers and people like me and you to text when:

Reporting illegal activity
Seeing medical help
Trying to contact law enforcement
Trying to prevent injury to someone or something

Right now only warnings are being handed out to drivers caught texting behind the wheel after January first fines will be issued.


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