Chapel Hill May Be First NC Town to Ban Cell Phones While Driving

A proposed ban of talking on cell phones while driving was approved at a Chapel Hill Town Council meeting. The proposal would make talking on hand-held and hands-free cell phones illegal. Any phone calls made or received while driving would be banned unless the calls were between the driver and their spouse or one of their family members.

A modest fine of $25 would be issued to drivers violating the law, but its enforceability is uncertain. According to the News & Observer, many of the Chapel Hill town roads are owned by the state, which means they wouldn’t fall under this new jurisdiction. Questions were also raised whether or not the proposed law is constitutional.

The U.S. Department of Transportation states: “Drivers who use hand-held devices are four times as likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves.” Negligent drivers who talk on their cell phones can also injure innocent drivers and passengers in other vehicles.

Car accident attorneys at Brent Adams & Associates help injured victims of accidents caused by negligent drivers who were texting or using a cell phone while driving. Car accident injuries can last a lifetime and forever change the quality of life and ability to work. Immediate and long-term medical treatment often overwhelms car accident victims who need to be compensated for the harm caused to them that they had no control over. Our car accident attorneys can explain how traffic laws and insurance coverage will compensate you.

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