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New North Carolina Law Designed to End Fatal Distracted Driving Accidents

March 16, 2021

NORTH CAROLINA - A high number of distracted driving accidents in North Carolina costs consumers in North Carolina higher insurance premium rates. According to the news report, the North Carolina General Assembly has made passing a "hands-free driving law" an uppermost priority in 2021. 

Senate Bill 20, the Hands-Free North Carolina Act, is based on Georgia's hands-free driving law that was enacted in 2018. The new law would allow drivers to speak on the phone while driving, but they must use a Bluetooth speaker type of device. Senate Bill 20, also known as the Hands-Free North Carolina Act, prohibits drivers from holding the device in their hand or resting the device on their body.

Under Senate Bill 20, emailing or text messaging while driving remains illegal. Watching videos, surfing the Internet, and playing games on a device has been added to the prohibited list as well. 

The proposed North Carolina hands-free driving bill addresses the driving distractions that are the most common, conspicuous, and easiest to enforce. The law is designed to encourage drivers to engage in better behaviors in all types of distracted driving.

According to North Carolina's most recent yearly accident statistics, distracted driving causes one in five motor vehicle accidents in North Carolina. Distracted driving accidents caused 154 people in North Carolina to tragically lose their lives and sent over 23,000 to the emergency room for injury treatment.

The hands-free driving bill passed in the House but was postponed in the Senate.

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Category: Auto Accidents

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