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IF YOU USE A CELL PHONE WHILE DRIVING IN NORTH CAROLINA
A bill has been introduced in the North Carolina General Assembly to make it a crime to use your cell phone while driving. House Bill 144 would outlaw “distracted driving” and impose penalties that increase with subsequent offenses. Beginning December 1, 2019, the police will have reason to pull over drivers who use their hands to engage in distracted behavior that impairs their operation of a motor vehicle. The definition includes the use of a handheld mobile telephone or handheld electronic device. If you receive one of these tickets, then be prepared to spend a pretty penny because the infraction carries a $100 fine in addition to the costs of court which boosts the total cost of a citation to nearly $300. If you receive a second offense, then the fine goes up as well as carrying insurance points which will also cost you more money. If you don’t learn a lesson from the previous two tickets, then you can expect a $200 fine, court costs, and 2 insurance points for another offense within 3 years.