(WHAS11)- There is a new reality check about driving distracted.
On Jan. 1 in Kentucky, a person will be fined if they are texting while driving or if the person is under 18-years-old and using a cell phone while driving. Police are now getting serious about distracted drivers.
Violators will be fined $25 on the first offense and $50 on each additional offense, plus court costs.
Distracted driving was the cause of more than 57,000 crashes and more than 200 of them were fatal.
Gov. Beshear signed House Bill 415 on April 15, 2010. The new law bans people of all ages from using their cell phone while driving. It also bans people 18-years-old and younger from using their cell phone at all while driving.
Someone who knows first-hand about the dangers is Dr. Tim Price, a physician who works in the ER at UofL Hospital.
Click here for more information on distracted driving.