Beginning on Tuesday, December 1, drivers in North Carolina who send text messages while driving will have to pull over, or they will face up to $100 in fines. A measure that is believed will reduce the risk of personal injury due to accidents.
The new law makes texting or reading any e-mail or text messages while driving illegal. Fines are even more severe for school bus drivers who are caught in the act.
However, the law applies only when the vehicle is in motion. There is also an exemption for police and other safety officials.
More than a dozen states have bans on texting while driving in place, and a lawmaker in South Carolina has introduced similar legislation.