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The dangers of distracted driving among teenagers

April is “Distracted Driving Awareness Month.” This month, campaigns across Kentucky and nationwide aim to raise awareness on the dangers of distracted driving and curb habits of drivers who admit to engaging in such activities behind the wheel.

A recent study indicated that drivers across the country are already 10 percent more distracted than they were in 2018. Unfortunately, many preventable accidents involve high school students or teenage drivers. According to the AAA, more than one in four teen drivers reported texting while driving in just the past 30 days.

Are expert witnesses appropriate for divorce proceedings?

Divorce is difficult, and one of the most difficult portions of the process is the hearing. Even if the negotiations between spouses go swimmingly, a hearing before the court is necessary and the couple’s faults and failures are laid bare.

When the negotiations don’t go well and you believe you need to prove to the court your side of the argument, your attorney may suggest you call in an expert witness.

Kentucky co-parenting law appears to be a success

Last spring. Gov. Matt Bevin signed a law that made Kentucky one of the first states to require each divorce hearing to start with the presumption of 50-50 co-parenting.

One poll found 58 percent of Kentucky respondents in favor of the new law while only 10 percent opposed it (the rest were undecided).

New conceal carry law not in effect yet

To little fanfare but much anticipation, Gov. Matt Bevin signed the state’s new permitless conceal carry law in March.

But watch out! The law doesn’t take effect until June 26 – 90 days past the last day of the legislative session, which is March 28.

Kentucky ranks among top 5 in divorce rate

USA Today likes to make lists. The newspaper makes lists of everything, from beer to presidential tweets.

Recently, the publication eyed the divorce rate. It noted that Kentucky is tied with the fifth-highest divorce rate, while also noting that the overall divorce rate dropped from four of every 1,000 Americans in 2000 to 2.9 per 1,000 Americans in 2017.

Kentucky makes its first move toward allowing medical marijuana

Kentucky lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow doctors to prescribe medical marijuana for some conditions.

House Bill 136 has moved out of committee and is now the first medical marijuana bill to advance in the statehouse.

DUI charges jump in Franklin area

Worried if you or a loved one might be in danger of being pulled over for DUI? According to recent statistics, that worry is warranted.

According to the administrative office of Kentucky District Courts, the number of people charged with DUI has jumped 34 percent from 2012 to 2017.

Who is responsible when a car hydroplanes, crashes?

In late December, six people were injured in a crash on US 127 near Peaks Mill Road in Franklin County after one car hydroplaned and struck another.

According to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, a small pickup truck with a driver and one passenger struck a wet patch on the road, hydroplaned, crossed the center line and hit a passenger car containing a driver and three passengers, one of whom was an infant.

Four Kentucky towns hit top 20 for divorce

A review of towns across the U.S. with populations of between 10,000 and 70,000 finds four in Kentucky ranked in the top 20 for divorce.

The survey was conducted by using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Researchers found these Kentucky towns among the top 20:

Field drug tests often unreliable

Recent incidents in New Jersey and Florida have shown that field drug tests used by police to determine if a substance might be illegal are often unreliable, making the millions of Americans charged each year with illegal drug possession prime candidates for criminal defense.

However, almost every person arrested and charged with drug possession based on roadside drug tests agrees to a plea deal before any criminal defense can be mounted.

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