Category: Law Spotlight

Self-Driving Cars Still Need Humans To Take Charge

Self-driving cars have come a long way but recent reports show they still would need humans. In 2014, California passed a law that required autonomous vehicle manufacturers to submit disengagement reports. Disengagement refers to any period in which the human driver has to take manual control of the vehicle. Several car makers have already submitted … Continued

Category: Law Spotlight
Published: 02/09/16

Kentucky Bill Requires Kids To Wear Bicycle Helmets

Riding a bicycle is fun and healthy. For kids, there’s nothing like a day spent with their friends biking around the neighborhood. Unfortunately, bicycle accidents happen. In April 2010, TJ Floyd, from Oldham County, suffered from a brain injury after falling off his bike and hitting his head on the concrete. Today, after seven surgeries, … Continued

Category: Law Spotlight
Published: 02/03/16

Kentucky Considering Roadside Driver Drug Tests

Like drunk driving, driving while under the influence of drugs can also take lives. In Kentucky, state officials are testing portable roadside drug test kits to curb drugged driving. These kits include a mouth swab and a screening device that can analyze saliva samples for up to 10 drugs within minutes. Supporters say this will … Continued

Category: Law Spotlight
Published: 09/28/15

Kentucky To Require Ignition Interlocks With New Law

We might see more ignition interlock devices in action soon. According to Kentucky transportation officials, the state is very close to finalizing regulations that will require drunk drivers to install ignition interlocks in their cars. The ignition interlock license will be part of the consequences for repeat offenders or first offenders with aggravating circumstances such … Continued

Category: Law Spotlight
Published: 09/04/15

New Law Allows Kentucky Motorcyclists To Run Red Lights

Kentucky motorcyclists no longer need to wait in vain for the traffic light to turn green. It’s now legal in Kentucky for motorcyclists to run a red light as long as they’ve already waited at least two lighting cycles and there are no vehicles in the intersection. Motorcyclists have been looking forward to this day … Continued

Category: Law Spotlight
Published: 07/20/15

New Booster Seat Law Takes Effect In Kentucky

A new Kentucky child safety law has taken effect. It requires children younger than eight or under 57 inches tall to be secured in a booster seat while riding in a vehicle. This law went into effect on Wednesday, June 24, 2015. Related: Child Car Seat Safety Booster Seat Law House Bill 315 or the … Continued

Category: Law Spotlight
Published: 06/25/15

Kentucky Reverse Bad Faith In Insurance Claims

Contracts are the hardest documents to sign. This is especially true if the contract involves ownership that, when put in jeopardy, can cause inconvenience and are not easily replaced if lost. Once you put your name on a contract, the deal is closed. It signifies your agreement to everything written on the document. Although it’s … Continued

Category: Law Spotlight
Published: 06/08/15

Kentucky Boating Safety Tips

Exploring and boating on Kentucky lakes is a fun activity for families during the summer season. However, there are things you need to check before heading out with the kids. First off, boating is regulated by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources to ensure safety and preserve the natural environment. Related: 10 Main … Continued

Category: Law Spotlight
Published: 06/05/15

New Cameras On School Buses Catch Illegal Passers

It’s illegal to pass a school bus that is stopped to load or unload children. Despite this, there are still drivers who don’t stop. To put an end to this, school districts are getting help from new technology to catch violators. Cameras that activate when the school bus stop sign arm extends are being installed … Continued

Category: Law Spotlight
Published: 02/16/15

Kentucky DUI Bill To Be Presented For The 6th Time

Kentucky Representative Dennis Keene is going to present a DUI bill for the sixth time. If this bill, the House Bill 60, is passed, it will require all convicted DUI offenders to use ignition interlock devices. The ignition interlock device requires that a driver passes a breathalyzer test first before they are able to start … Continued

Category: Law Spotlight
Published: 02/11/15

Louisville Senator New Law To Lessen Drunk Driving Accidents

On New Year’s Day in 2014, 70 people were killed from drunk driving accidents nationwide according to a report published by Drunk driving has proved itself as a growing concern, not only among motorists, but among lawmakers and public officials. Senator Morgan McGarvey, a Louisville Democrat, is gearing up to submit a proposal once … Continued

Category: Law Spotlight
Published: 01/22/15

Kentucky Law Tells Parents About Child’s Traffic Violation

On June 21, 2009, a 17-year-old Louisville teen was killed in a high-speed crash on Bardstown Road. Only a month before this, Denzel Steward received a speeding ticket that he kept as a secret from his parents. So, people believe that if Denzel’s parents knew about the speeding ticket, then Denzel wouldn’t have been in … Continued

Category: Law Spotlight
Published: 07/18/14

Anti-Solicitation Statute Declared Unconstitutional

The Anti-Solicitation Statute, KRS 367.409(1), was declared UNCONSTITUTIONAL in the June 12, 2014 ruling of U.S. District Judge Charles R. Simpson for the Western District of Kentucky in Louisville. The recent decision declared the Anti-Solicitation Statute unconstitutional because it violated the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and the Equal … Continued

Category: Law Spotlight
Published: 07/03/14

Riding A Bike Under The Influence Of Alcohol Is Illegal

As our local government prepares the city to make it more bike-friendly, Louisville bicyclists should remember that they are responsible for riding safe and sober. Driving under the influence is a serious offense with severe penalties and cyclists are not exempt from this law. Kentucky law states that it is illegal to drive a motor … Continued

Category: Law Spotlight
Published: 05/20/14

A Family Sues After Daughter Gets Hit By A Fly Baseball

The family of a 10-year-old girl who was struck in the head by a baseball during batting practice files a lawsuit against the ball club. According to a report published in The Daily Record of Baltimore, the family is seeking more than $75,000 in damages. How did this happen? Related: Kentucky Dog Bite Series: What … Continued

Category: Law Spotlight
Published: 04/09/14

Service Monkey Bill Sparks Discussion

A bill was filed this week for primates to be allowed as service animals in Kentucky. The sponsor, Sen. John Schickel, said he filed the bill on behalf of a Kentucky family who is looking to use a service monkey to assist a girl who was paralyzed head down after a car accident. He is … Continued

Category: Law Spotlight
Published: 01/22/14

A Louisville Teen Dies After Being In A Coma

A Louisville teen died on Sunday, December 15, 2013 at University Hospital. He had been in a coma since December 2, 2013 following a fatal crash involving a UPS delivery truck. According to the Jefferson County Coroner’s office, Brandon Mudd, 19, died on December 15 at 12:07 am. Police said Mudd ran a stop sign … Continued

Category: Law Spotlight
Published: 12/20/13

Police in 11 States Stepped Up Speeding Enforcement on I-80

State police from 11 states worked hand-in-hand to step up speeding enforcement along Interstate 80. The Iowa Department of Public Safety spearheaded the “I-80 Challenge” that goes with the slogan “More Cops, More Stops,” after analyzing crash data and finding out that summer was the deadliest time for crashes along the interstate. The campaign’s aim … Continued

Category: Law Spotlight
Published: 08/24/13

Arabella Mansfield, First Female Lawyer in the US

Arabella Babb Mansfield She has proven that women can also qualify for the practice of law. Her name was Arabella “Belle” Babb Mansfield, the first woman lawyer admitted to the practice of law in the United States. Belle was born in Des Moines County in 1846. She graduated as valedictorian from Iowa Wesleyan College and … Continued

Category: Law Spotlight
Published: 07/08/13