Kentucky Senate Advances Texting While Driving Ban

A bill seeking to ban people from sending text messages while driving in Kentucky has won approval from the state Senate.

The measure would prohibit drivers from writing, sending or reading text messages when their vehicle is in motion. It cleared the Senate on a 27-6 vote earlier this week and has been sent to the House.

Under the bill, violators would receive a warning for the rest of the year.

Starting in 2011, violators would pay a fine of $25 plus court costs for a first offense, and a $50 fine plus court courts for repeat offenses.

Democratic Sen. Denise Harper Angel of Louisville, the bill’s lead sponsor, said the proposal would deter reckless driving and save lives.

Opponents questioned how law enforcement would be able to enforce the measure.