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North Carolina House Considers Further Cell Phone Law For Drivers


Posted on Apr 24, 2011

In recent years, North Carolina lawmakers have passed laws that ban young drivers from talking on texting on mobile devices while driving and that ban all drivers from texting behind the wheel. Now, the North Carolina House is considering even more cell phone driving laws – this time laws that would ban all drivers from talking on a cell phone while driving unless they are using a hands-free device. A number of other states have passed similar laws as the popularity of cell phones has skyrocketed over the last decade.

While some believe that a sweeping cell phone driving law takes away a personal freedom to speak on the phone while driving, opponents say that speaking on a mobile device while driving takes both your hands from the wheel and your mind from your primary activity. It is, they believe one of the most dangerous types of distracted driving.

Cell phone driving laws and texting laws became more popular after several studies showed that distracted driving stemming from mobile phone use significantly increased the chances of a car accident. However, some complain that the laws are very difficult to enforce, and a number of newer studies have revealed that cell phone laws do not do much to curb the number of car accidents or decrease distracted driving.

Under the proposed law, drivers would be given a $100 ticket but would not be penalized under the state’s licensing point system. In addition, drivers would be able to use their cell phones in the cases of an emergency.

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