Gov. Beshear announces new penalty for texting while driving

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Motorists in Kentucky could lose their licenses for repeated offenses of the state's law against texting while driving.

Gov. Steve Beshear announced a change Wednesday under which the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will assess "penalty points" against the licenses of drivers convicted of texting behind the wheel.

Each violation would mean the loss of three points. The Transportation Cabinet could suspend the licenses of adult drivers who accumulate 12 points and of minors after seven points.

Beshear said while cell phones have made people's lives and jobs easier, they have also been irresistible distractions to drivers.

Kentucky has had a law since last year forbidding people from sending text messages while driving.

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