Texting while driving taboo at Morehead State

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Keep you fingers on the wheel instead of the phone! That's the message two Kentucky lawmakers are pushing for drivers.

They've filed bills that would prohibit drivers from sending text messages while behind the wheel. 18 states have similar laws already.

But while there is currently no such law in effect in Kentucky, Morehead State University is implementing a new policy to cite anyone who does it with wreckless driving.

MSU Police Chief Matt Sparks says, "One of the leading factors in accidents is inattention, just simply not paying attention. Someone texting while driving is definitely not paying attention."

Lauren Newell is one of many Morehead State students who admit to texting while they drive. "I realize I shouldn't do it, but I guess I just take it for granted that nothing is gonna happen. Texting is addicting just because it's so convenient."

Another MSU student, David Finch, told 27 NEWSFIRST, "I was riding in the car with my friend, and all of a sudden we're swerving, and I look over and there he is sending a text message. I'm like, 'Dude, no, not while we're driving. I don't feel like dying today.' "

One recent study suggests texting while operating a vehicle is actually more dangerous than driving under the influence so university police in Morehead did some research and found what they think is legal justification for their new "get tough" policy.

Chief Sparks says, "KRS Statute 189.290 talks about the operator of any vehicle upon a highway operating that vehicle in a careful manner with regard for the safety and convenience of pedestrians and other drivers. We felt our policy would fit appropriately under that particular section."

But the question remains, why don't students just pull over to the side of the road to do their text messaging. Lauren Newell says simply, "That take too much time."

Today's college students are not a patient lot.

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