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Federal accident investigators recommended states ban the use of cell phones and other electronic devices by all drivers except in emergencies.
Police say an Asheville man was texting on his cell phone immediately before causing an accident that killed him and injured two people in another car.
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 Legislature.
Teenagers aren't the only ones to blame for erratic driving tied to cell phones. Most of the motorists ticketed under North Carolina's new texting ban are actually over the age of 25, and some are over the age of 60.
Police say they found a partially written text message on the screen of Jedadiah Woodcock's phone. Texting while driving is illegal in North Carolina.
The survey by the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project illustrates the indispensable role that text messaging, and mobile phones in general, play in the lives of today's teenagers.
The State Senate gave final approval Tuesday to legislation to ban drivers from text messaging or sending e-mails with their cell phones.
A bill barring North Carolina drivers from text and e-mailing is closer to the governor's desk. The House gave its final approval Thursday to the ban by a vote of 104 to 5.