North Carolina Lawmakers Propose Bill to Ban Handheld Electronics While Driving


February 28, 2019

NORTH CAROLINA – Lawmakers in North Carolina have proposed a bill to ban handheld electronics while driving, according to an online news report posted by courier-tribune.com. The bill would make it illegal to hold a cell phone while driving in the state.*

Rep. Kevin Corbin (R-Macon), Rep. John Faircloth (R-Guilford), and Rep. Jon Hardister (R-Guilford) co-sponsored the bill, which they began drafting after learning that South Carolina was considering similar legislation. In July 2018, a hands-free law went into effect in Georgia that made it illegal to use a handheld cell phone or electronic device while driving, and legislators around the country have noticed its success. 

“In our transportation discussions, there’s an awful lot of very serious accidents that happened when people take their attention from the highway and reach for a phone,” Faircloth said. “If you look for what seems like a moment and look back up, you can suddenly come up on a car or have changed your direction. It’s purely a safety attempt and will be discussed thoroughly in committee.” 

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reports that distracted driving can be just as hazardous as drunk driving. AAA Carolinas says that rear-end crashes and run-off-the-road crashes are common types of collisions associated with distracted driving. In 2018, 123 traffic fatalities occurred in North and South Carolina due to distracted driving, according to the North Carolina Department of Transportation. 

House Bill 144 would prohibit drivers from holding their cell phones. If passed, it would carry fines that increase with the number of offenses, starting at $100 for the first offense. 

Put Our Law Firm's Over 35 Years Of Legal Experience To Work For Your Case!

If you have been injured in any type of accident caused by someone else’s negligence, call Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law for your free consultation today. Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law has been representing those who suffer serious injuries throughout the Southeast for over 35 years, including but not limited to all smaller cities and rural areas in the state.

No matter where you are located our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 24 hours day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour live chat.

Source:https://www.courier-tribune.com/news/20190225/bill-targets-holding-cellphone-while-driving

* This blog is intended to provide the public with news concerning serious automobile accidents and related stories. Although we are receiving this information from news organizations, initial reports may be different from conclusions reached by law enforcement personnel and other organizations, upon further investigation. Therefore, the accuracy of the content is not guaranteed. The information published here is based on information that has already been reported by a news organization, or other sources, and we cannot and do not assume responsibility for its accuracy. The source that we utilized at the time is provided above. If this posting pertains to you or your family and you do not wish for it to be on our website, please email us at [email protected] and we will be happy to remove it, but when doing so, please include a link to the the article that you wish to be taken down.

Category: Accident News

Please Note:
Many of our blog articles discuss the law. All information provided about the law is very general in nature and should not be relied upon as legal advice. Every situation is different, and should be analyzed by a lawyer who can provide individualized advice based on the facts involved in your unique situation, and a consideration of all of the nuances of the statutes and case law that apply at the time.