Kentucky and Nebraska are the latest states join in on the texting ban for all drivers.
On Friday, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood commended the states’ governors Steve Beshear and Dave Heineman for signing these bills into law. LaHood said that “the streets in Kentucky and Nebraska will be safer with these laws on the books. Distracted driving is an epidemic that kills thousands and injures hundreds of thousands more every year. Drivers should always devote their full attention to the road, not to texting and talking on a cell phone.”
Nebraska and Kentucky are the 22nd and 23rd states with anti-texting while driving laws. Kentucky’s law also prohibits drivers under age 18 from ever using a cell phone while driving. In Nebraska, drivers can only be pulled over for texting as a secondary offense.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 6,000 people died and half a million were injured in 2008 as a result of distracted driving. These texting bans while driving could bring down crash rates and result in more inexpensive auto insurance for drivers.
April 30 will be celebrated as “No Phone Zone Day” in an effort to bring awareness about the effects of distracted driving to the public.