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North Carolina lawmakers consider stricter driving laws

North Carolina already has strict laws limiting the use of cellphones while behind the wheel of a vehicle. All drivers under the age of 18 cannot use their cellphones at all while driving, and all other drivers have certain limitations. However, some lawmakers in the state feel as though the current laws do not go far enough. 

Dozens of car accidents happen every day in North Carolina. Many of these occur as a result of drivers using their cellphones while driving. Texting, responding to an email or browsing through social media takes the driver's mind and eyes off the road. People can suffer serious injuries as a result of these crashes, so lawmakers have found it prudent to outlaw certain phone functions while driving. Anyone caught using a cellphone will face a hefty fine, and lawmakers currently propose legislation that would further ban phone use while behind the wheel. 

A total ban on all handheld devices

Although there is currently a ban on texting and driving, many feel the present laws do not go far enough. Some lawmakers in the state want to ban any adult over the age of 18 from holding a cellphone while driving. As the law stands now, people can still make phone calls, and that is just as dangerous as texting. Even if the driver still looks ahead at the road, his or her mind wanders elsewhere due to the nature of the call. 

Under the proposed law, people would still be able to make emergency calls on their mobile devices. They would also still be able to use hands-free devices. For example, a person could place a call on speaker as long as he or she only needs to press one button to start and end the call. The proposed punishment for anyone caught using a phone would be an initial $100 fine that increases with multiple offenses. 

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