A new bill would make it illegal to hold a cell phone while driving in North Carolina with its sponsors saying it would crack down on distracted driving.
The hands-free legislation is named after Brian Garlock. The Charlotte teen was killed in 2008, when he made a phone call to his girlfriend while driving. Authorities say he never saw the two pickup trucks right in front of him.
More than 3,000 people die in the United States each year due to a distracted driver, the CDC says.
Studies have shown, using a cell phone may require an individual to take his or her eyes off the road at a crucial moment, delaying the individual’s reaction time when driving.
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If the hands-free legislation becomes law, penalties can range from fines to points on your license. However, anything other than emergency calls to officials, is a Class 2 misdemeanor carrying a $100 fine plus costs of court.
A second offense within three years or a third offense within five years gets you a point on your license, and the higher insurance premiums that come with that.
It will be about a month before the bill goes off to the rules committee for a vote.
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