History is on Hold: Court Blocks Enforcement of Cellphone Ban

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A state court judge has blocked enforcement of a Chapel Hill municipal ordinance prohibiting all use of cell phones by motorists while driving. Under the ordinance, cellphone use would have officially become a traffic violation on June 1. The law would have encompassed the use of both hand-held and hands-free cellphones and would have applied
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Cellphone Ban is Back on Chapel Hill Town Council Agenda

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The vote deadlocked last week, but the Chapel Hill Town Council expects the matter to be resolved at next Monday’s meeting. The question is whether the town should adopt a proposed ordinance to ban the use of cellphones — handheld or hands-free — while operating a motor vehicle. If the council approves the measure, talking
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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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