In today’s age of smartphones and social media, many people use the term distracted driving and texting while driving interchangeably. Distracted driving can encompass much more than simply sending a text or browsing the internet while behind the wheel. Distracted driving can mean a person was changing the radio station, eating, or simply turning around to glance at a pet or children in the back seat can be considered distracted driving. Many states have laws against a broad definition of distracted driving, but only a handful have specific laws targeting texting while driving.
WYMY reports that the Kentucky State Police are investigating allegations that a Greyhound bus driver was on his phone moments before crashing on Interstate 75.
More than 17 people were hurt in an accident involving a Greyhound bus that happened on Thursday, August 15th. The bus was traveling from Atlanta to Cincinnati and was in the northbound lanes of Interstate 75 in Rockcastle County, Kentucky.
Police say that the driver, Vincent Watts, 64, of Atlanta was in the center lane when it veered into another lane, striking a flatbed truck driven by Cary Harrison.
Also investigating the accident is Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement due to commercial vehicles being involved. Passengers on the bus reported that Watts had his cell phone on the steering wheel and was operating it with one hand while the other hand was on the wheel.
A passenger snapped a photo of the driver allegedly operating the cell phone. Greyhound stated that it has a zero-tolerance policy for using phones while driving. If shown to have been using a phone while driving, Watts faces a $2,800 fine and Greyhound faces an $11,000 fine.
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