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How and why is texting while driving illegal in North Carolina?

Every driver knows it's a bad idea to operate a car while distracted or trying to do something else. But that doesn't stop many Tar Heels from using their cellphones while driving. The danger is far greater than a possible ticket because distracted driving can cost thousands in damages or even lives in the worst circumstances.

What is the law that controls texting while driving?

Section 20-137 of North Carolina's state code describes the offense of "unlawful use of mobile telephone for text messaging or electronic mail." The entering of text or information with a driver's hands or the reading of e-mail while driving is specifically illegal.

What are the exceptions to the "texting ban?"

Hands-free technology, like headsets connected by wire or wireless signal, allows cellphone use while not operating it with hands. This is allowed under the code. Voice-operated technology is also allowed. A driver who is parked or legally stopped may use a cellphone without restriction.

What are the punishments for texting while driving?

The offense by itself is a class-2 misdemeanor in the Tar Heel State, punishable by a fine. Points are generally not added to a driver's license for the offense on its own either. The biggest danger is distracted driving leading to an accident.

What should I do if a texting driver hit my car?

The most important priority is safety. Then it is time to record the accident's specifics and consult with a lawyer. Legal representation may be useful for seeking financial damages for vehicular and medical costs suffered in or after an accident.

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