North Carolina lawmakers are debating over the possibility of passing a ban that would make talking on cell phones while driving illegal unless an individual is using a hands-free device, such as a voice-activated phone or a Bluetooth.
If passed, the ban would override North Carolina’s current cell phone driving law that allows individuals over the age of 18 to use handheld devices when driving a vehicle, according to a wcnc.com article. The proposed legislation would still allow individuals to use hand-held devices in emergency situations, but if outside of an emergency situation, individuals would face a $100 fine if caught.
To find out more about the details of the ban as well as what Chuck Gantos, director of Elon University’s campus safety and police, and Elon students have to say about the new proposal, check out this week’s issue of the Pendulum (4/13).
-Sam Parker, senior reporter