General Assembly Considers Cell Phone Ban for Drivers

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Bills are making their way through the North Carolina General Assembly that could make it a crime to use a handheld mobile phone while driving. The bill specifically excludes hands-free phone use but does encompass texting and smart phone web access. Penalties include fines and misdemeanor charges. The law would replace the existing statute that
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Study Says Most Texting Violators Are over 25

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The Associated Press recently reviewed North Carolina court records to see how enforcement of the texting ban is going. The ban became effective in December of 2009, and the AP reports that police have issued citations to more than 1,200 drivers. Like most of the state’s traffic violations, this one isn’t cheap: Drivers must pay
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For Two Moms, Crime is a Family Business

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Two Wake County families and their criminal endeavors were in the headlines this week. Authorities don’t know the full story behind either case. In the first case, the subject of our December 22nd post, a mother and her two children are in jail in connection with the death of the children’s father. Authorities discovered his
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Durham Ballistics Lab in the Works Before Sbi Probe

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Durham has a lot of gun crime, according to the city’s police forensics manager. In the firearms lab at the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, gun and bullet evidence from Durham account for a full third of the agency’s workload. Processing the evidence, though, can take the SBI’s lab up to two years, holding
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