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New 'E-DUI' law in Washington gets Kentuckiana talking about texting and driving

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SELLERSBURG, Ind. (WDRB) -- From Route 66 to Interstate 65 and many of the roads in between, there's a not-so-silent killer taking the people we love.

"Distracted driving is actually the No. 1 cause of crashes in the state of Indiana," said Indiana State Police Sgt. Jerry Goodin.

Lawmakers in Washington state have seen the stats. Starting Sunday, drivers there will no longer be able to use any electronic device behind the wheel.

If they're caught, they'll get an "E-DUI." The first ticket will be $136. A second ticket in a five-year span will be $236.

Reaction in Kentuckiana is mixed.

"I think it's a great idea," one Louisvillian said.

"What if it's an emergency call (you're making)?" asked another.

Goodin is in strong support. He's been to the scenes, and he's seen the victims far too many times before. 

"I think anything you can do to keep somebody from being distracted while they're driving is going to have a positive impact on what happens out here on the roadways," he said.

The Hoosier state has struggled with mapping a way to end distracted driving.

"If we see you driving down the roadway, and you're texting and driving, we won't stop you because the court says we can't," Goodin said.

Proving a driver was actually texting has proven too problematic for judges. Kentucky cops can pull you over if they see you texting, but fines are small, and there are still many distracted driving crashes.

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