Ban On Cell Phones While Driving Discussed By NC Lawmakers

8:05 PM, Feb 7, 2011   |    comments
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Raleigh, NC -- Three bills working through North Carolina legislation would make it illegal to talk on your cell phone while driving. 

Senate Bill 36, sponsored by Charlie Dannelly, and House Bill 31, sponsored by Garland Pierce, were introduced earlier this month.

The bills would make it illegal to use any form of digital media while driving a vehicle. That includes cell phones, "cameras, music, the internet and games". Exclusions are outlined for emergency situations.

Both bills include the cell phone and any additional technology, such as hands-free devices, while the vehicle is moving.

separate House bill sponsored by Pierce is similar, but allows hands-free technology.

Drivers would get a $100 fine for violating the law.

All three bills have a proposed start date of December 1, 2011.

Talking on a cell phone while driving is already illegal for drivers under 18. Texting while driving is illegal for all drivers.

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