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It may soon be illegal to talk on the phone while driving in North Carolina. Lawmakers are advancing a prohibiting us from hand-held cellphone conversations in the name of reducing fatalities and potentially reining in insurance rates.
A House committee overwhelmingly backed legislation on Tuesday to bar drivers from holding their wireless devices to take calls, as well as using them to watch videos or text. Violators would face fines, with knocks on insurance records for repeat offenses.
Texting or emails while driving has been banned for a decade. But lawmakers say it’s hard for authorities to enforce the rule.
Sixteen states now prohibit hand-held cellphone use, and supporters say most of them saw decreases in motor vehicle crashes soon after.