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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The latest effort to limit distracted
drivers mashing down cell phone buttons or checking smartphone
screens may split the top leaders in the North Carolina

A House judiciary committee scheduled debate Wednesday on a
measure that would make using a cell phone while driving illegal in
North Carolina unless the motorist used a hands-free device. Fines
would be $100 or more. State law currently prohibits texting while
driving for everyone. Those under 18 and driving aren’t supposed to
use the phone at all.

House Speaker Thom Tillis of Cornelius said this week he’s open
to further restrictions because there’s compelling data about
distracting driving, combined with the injuries it can cause.
Senate leader Phil Berger of Eden said he’s generally opposed
additional restrictions on cell phones while driving.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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